A Smarter Approach to How We Feed People Could Help Save Endangered Animals – Pacific Standard

A quarry in a deforested section of the Atlantic Forest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Unless we sort out how we feed the growing human population, thousands of birds and mammals will face the specter of extinction in coming decades, according to a new study published June 1st in the journal Nature.

“With so many people on Earth now, and the numbers increasing by another three or four billion before we finally level off at our carrying capacity, the impact on extinctions is really great,” says lead author David Tilman.