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As Amazon deforestation falls, food production rises

As Amazon deforestation falls, food production rises

As Amazon deforestation falls, food production rises mongabay.com January 09, 2012 New study associates sharp decline in Amazon deforestation with increase in food production . Soy and forest in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Photo by Rhett A. Butler. A sharp drop in deforestation has been accompanied by an increase in food production in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, reports a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science . The research argues that policy interventions, combined with pressure from environmental groups, have encouraged agricultural expansion in already-deforested areas, rather than driving new forest clearing. Marcia Macedo of Columbia University and colleagues analyzed trends in deforestation and soy production from 2001-2010 in Mato Grosso, a state on Brazil's agricultural frontier where more than a third of forest loss in ...

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