Thursday, August 26, 2010
This is an article about how the startling growth in Brazil's cattle herds has been the prime factor in increased deforestation rates in the Brazilian Amazon. It's not logging, slash-and-burn farming, or even the dreaded soybean farms that are felling the Amazon; it's the cattle. And most of the increase in Brazilian beef production goes for export. So the rest of the world's hamburgers are made from what was Amazon rainforest, much as happened in Central America in the 1970s and 80s.