Habitat Destruction

Agriculture is the principal cause of habitat destruction, which is currently ranked as the most important cause of species extinction worldwide. From the approximately 16 million square kilometers of tropical rainforest habitat that originally existed worldwide, less than 9 million square kilometers remain today. The current rate of deforestation is 160,000 square kilometers per year, which equates to a loss of approximately 1% of original forest habitat each year. Clearly this cannot continue of we want to maintain some semblance of the earth we once had. Growing your food is a great way to begin to halt this process by displacing some of the demand for agricultural land.