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Feb 28, 2012

Brazilian Academics Studying Land Issues Concerned by Brazil's Growing Dependency on Export Commodities, Impact on Amazon Biodiversity

Soybean field and Amazon forest on its periphery
On 28 February 2012 ScienceDaily reported on a Brazilian academic publication, which had concluded that the increase in the production of soybeans, beef, corn, rice and sugar for exports was threatening the Brazilian Amazon.  The report was prepared under the Amazonian Environmental Modeling Network GEOMA by the Laboratory for Land Management (LAGET) of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and the National Institute of Land Studies (INPE).

According to this report, commodity exports are make Brazil economically dependent on the global marketplace.  Agricultural production and cattle grazing are the catalysts behind increasing deforestation.  As soybean fields are expanded, this pushes cattle further and further in to the forest, accelerating deforestation.

Today, soybeans, beef and sugar account for more than half of Brazil's foreign trade.  Brazil is the world's second-largest exporter of soybeans (used for animal feed in Europe and China).

For more see: "The Brazilian Rainforest : Caught Between Biodiversity and Business," ScienceDaily, 28 February 2012.

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