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Protecting Forests for the Future

21 March 2022

At The Supplant Company, we’re deeply committed to finding ways to make more sustainable food systems that don’t cause further damage to the environment, and part of that is helping to end deforestation. Protecting forests couldn’t be more important.

What is deforestation?

Deforestation is the practice of clearing natural forests to make room for agricultural activities, or other human activities such as building cities. We’re particularly concerned about tropical rainforest deforestation.  


According to the World Wildlife Fund, sugarcane production and agriculture damages important and threatened forests, like Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. Once massive, it has been reduced to just 7% of its original size due to deforestation. Even though it is damaging the natural systems of the area, the WWF says deforestation will likely continue. Why? Because “growers will need to cultivate almost 50% more land by 2050 to meet projected global sugarcane demand.”. 


The WWF also notes, however, that tropical forests are home to many of the world’s most sensitive ecosystems. Damaging them can cause a tremendous loss of habitat, which results in a loss of biodiversity.


International Forests and Trees Day

March 21 is International Forests and Trees Day, a United Nations day that celebrates and raises awareness about the importance of all types of forests. It recognizes the role forests play in human economic development as well as in natural systems, and seeks to protect forests and trees for all of the benefits they provide. 


To mark the day, cities, countries, and communities are doing things to promote awareness of forests, and even help forests recover from activities like deforestation. By planting trees, donating to forest-preserving organizations, or choosing products that don’t contribute to deforestation, every individual can make a difference in protecting forests.


Protecting forests: Where do we fit in?

At The Supplant Company, we make sugars from fiber from otherwise unused agricultural side streams. This lets us make the most of every acre of agricultural land, so that farmers don’t need to cut down trees to grow more food. It also gives consumers an alternative to sugar from sugarcane, so that there’s less need to cut down tropical rainforests to meet the growing global demand for food. 

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