New Report: Destruction of Tropical Rainforests Costing U.S. Farmers, Ranchers, and Timber Producers Billions

May 24, 2010, 13:55 ET from Avoided Deforestation Partners

"Saving rainforests isn't just for treehuggers anymore"

WASHINGTON, May 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A groundbreaking new report from The National Farmers Union and Avoided Deforestation Partners will detail how illegal and unsustainable overseas agriculture and logging operations are rapidly cutting down the world's rainforests for cheap land and timber. This deforestation is allowing them to flood the market with cheap beef, timber, soybeans, and vegetable oils, driving down commodity prices and costing American farmers, ranchers and timber producers hundreds of billions of dollars.


"Farms Here, Forests There: Tropical Deforestation and  U.S. Competitiveness

in Agriculture and Timber"


Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 2 p.m. EDT


Donna Harman, President, American Forest and Paper Association

Roger Johnson, President, National Farmers Union

Fred Yoder, Ohio Corn Growers Association and Past-President, National Corn Growers Association

Keith Romig, Strategic Issues Representative, United Steelworkers

Shari Friedman, Senior Advisor, David Gardiner & Associates (report author)


Call 877-741-4241 and ask for the Tropical Deforestation Report Release call.  If asked,

the passcode is 9590745.

The study's authors will discuss the findings in detail, including a state-by-state and multi-industry (soy, beef, timber and oilseed) breakdown of American agricultural revenue currently lost due to tropical deforestation.  Speaker comments will be followed by reporter Q&A.

The report comes on the heels of the introduction of comprehensive energy and climate legislation in the U.S. Senate. The new legislation, known as the American Power Act, includes important provisions aimed at protecting tropical forests. Speakers are available to discuss these provisions' potential for U.S. agriculture and timber, and how they can be improved.

"Saving rainforests isn't just for treehuggers any more," said Fred Yoder of the Ohio Corn Growers Association. 

For more information, please contact Ryan Cunningham at (202) 295-0164 or or Glenn Hurowitz at (202) 232-3317, ext. 128 / 917-386-3571

SOURCE Avoided Deforestation Partners