Collagen and Deforestation: What You Need to Know

What is Collagen?

Collagen is a protein that is found in the skin, bones, and connective tissues of animals. It is often used in health supplements and cosmetics because it is said to improve skin elasticity, reduce wrinkles, and strengthen bones.

How does Collagen cause Deforestation? 

The production of collagen may be having a negative impact on the environment. A recent investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism found that collagen is being sourced from cattle raised on farms that are responsible for deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.

The investigation found that cattle ranches in the Amazon are clearing forests to make way for pasture. This deforestation is having a devastating impact on the environment, as it is destroying the habitat of countless animals and plants. It is also contributing to climate change, as forests absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

The investigation also found that some of the collagen that is being sourced from these farms is being used in health supplements that are sold by major brands. This means that consumers who are taking these supplements may be unwittingly contributing to deforestation.

How can I help? 

If you are concerned about the environmental impact of collagen, there are a couple things you can do. First, you can choose to buy collagen supplements that are certified by a third-party organization, such as the Rainforest Alliance or the Forest Stewardship Council. These organizations certify that the collagen is sourced from sustainable forests.

You can also choose to buy collagen supplements that are made from plant-based sources. Vegan collagen supplements are not linked to deforestation and is a cleaner, sustainable way of supporting collagen production. 

By taking these steps, you can help to protect the Amazon rainforest and ensure that the collagen you consume is not contributing to deforestation.

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