15 Jul '11, 5pm

Despite moratorium, soy still contributes indirectly to Amazon deforestation via @mongabay

Despite moratorium, soy still contributes indirectly to Amazon deforestation via @mongabay

Despite moratorium, soy still contributes indirectly to Amazon deforestation Rhett A. Butler, mongabay.com July 15, 2011 Soy expansion in areas neighboring the Amazon rainforest is contributing to loss of rainforest itself, reports a new study published in Environmental Research Letters . The research, which analyzed changes in forest cover across the 761 municipalities in the Brazilian Amazon, found that "deforestation in the forest frontiers of the basin is strongly related to soy expansion in its settled agricultural areas, to the south and east." The results indicate that indirect land use change (ILUC) is having a substantial impact on the Amazon rainforest. As mechanized soy farms encroach onto existing cattle pastures, ranchers are displaced into frontier forest areas, triggering deforestation. Deforestation reduction after a simulated 10% decrease in the expansion ...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0715-soy_amazon.html

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