Forests are cleared to provide grazing land for animals as the demand for meat increases. Tropical and temperate rainforests in Central and Latin America have been converted to farms and ranches.
Grazing lands cannot be used for grazing indefinitely. Overgrazing can occur such that grasses cannot re-grow quickly due to insufficient nutrient. This leads to the necessity of new land for grazing, which translates to further deforestation.
As the need for meat increases, more and more forests are destroyed to provide grazing land for animals (Photograph taken by Dr Tan Yoke Lin)
This is extremely destructive to the rainforest. Overgrazing may eventually lead to the loss of vegetative cover. This predisposes the area to soil erosion and even landslides.