31 May '11, 2pm

New @wwf_uk soya report highlights causes of deforestation in places like the Cerrado in Brazil.

Last week we heard news of an unprecedented increase in Amazon deforestation in the soya production frontier and today’s report says the expansion is such that an area the size of the UK is already taken up for soya production in Brazil. Predominantly grown for animal feed, production of the crop has doubled the last 15 years, driven largely by the rising consumption of meat, as well as for use in food, biofuel and other products. To meet this growth in demand, more and more land is being planted with soya and according to the report this expansion is often at the expense of habitats such as the Brazilian Cerrado, a globally important savannah which is on its own responsible for 5% of the world’s biodiversity and which has been recently experiencing habitat destruction at a faster rate and on a similar scale to that in the Amazon. The report argues solutions are available ...

Full article: http://www.wwf.org.uk/news_feed.cfm?4962/soya-report

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