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Hamburger Consumption Spurs Amazon Deforestation

One of the world's largest environmental organizations is calling for urgent action to halt the rapid rate of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, following a government report Wednesday that nearly 10,000 square miles of rainforest was chopped down in the 12-month period that ended last August.

Looks like Soy folks aren't innocent on this one either.

Brazil's growing success as an exporter of beef and non-genetically modified (GM) soybeans may be the single greatest factor in the doubling of average annual deforestation over the last several years compared to the previous decade.

Slash and burn here.

April 9, 2004 in environment | Permalink