The leading cause, c.80%, of Brazilian Amazonian rainforest destruction arises from farming

Submitted by: Martyn Eustace 05/01/2011

The leading cause, c.80%, of Brazilian Amazonian rainforest destruction arises from farming<br>

The leading cause, c.80%, of Brazilian Amazonian rainforest destruction arises from farming


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A Quote from Slaughtering the Amazon published by Greenpeace

The Brazilian Amazon has the greatest annual average deforestation by area of anywhere in the world. The cattle sector is the key driver of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon.  According to the Brazilian government: Cattle are responsible for about 80% of all deforestation in the Amazon region.  In recent years, on average one hectare of Amazon rainforest has been lost to cattle ranchers every 18 seconds.

The cattle sector in the Brazilian Amazon is responsible for 14% of the worlds annual deforestation. This makes it the worlds largest driver of deforestation, responsible for more forest loss than the total deforestation in any country outside Brazil except Indonesia.

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