WWF Australia conservation scientist Dr Martin Taylor says eastern Australia is among the worst in the world for forest destruction and calls on the market to demand sustainable supply chains.
“Our analysis of how much is being cleared and that definitely showed an increased over the period of 2004 to 2017 in eastern Australia,” he told Sky News.
Dr Taylor said the land was being cleared primarily for agriculture and livestock but beef was the “only agriculture product” that could be produced in the forest.
He said big suppliers like McDonalds are calling for sustainable supply chains and are calling for an end to deforestation.
“We have a lot of big retailers around the world calling for the end of deforestation in their supply chains.”