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Dietary change could save a quarter of tropical forest from destruction

If our appetite for meat and dairy continues to grow, one-quarter of natural tropical land could disappear by 2100, and untold species will be destroyed as this biodiverse land is cultivated, new research shows.

The Edinburgh University-led study is the first to assess not only how our diets will impact land-use in decades to come—a common focus of research—but how consumption patterns will actually affect distinct populations of animals across geographic space.