13 Jun '11, 10pm

Profit, not poverty, increasingly the cause of deforestation

Profit, not poverty, increasingly the cause of deforestation

Corporations, conservation, and the green movement (10/21/2010) The image of rainforests being torn down by giant bulldozers, felled by chainsaw-wielding loggers, and torched by large-scale developers has never been more poignant. Corporations have today replaced small-scale farmers as the prime drivers of deforestation, a shift that has critical implications for conservation. Until recently deforestation has been driven mostly by poverty—poor people in developing countries clearing forests or depleting other natural resources as they struggle to feed their families. Government policies in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s had a multiplier effect, subsidizing agricultural expansion through low-interest loans, infrastructure projects, and ambitious colonization schemes, especially in the Amazon and Indonesia. But over the past two decades, this has changed in many countries due to r...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0613-ucs_drivers_deforestat...

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