Forests and agriculture

Last edited 19 July 2007 at 1:50pm

An area of the Amazon rainforest cleared for soya planting

Huge areas of the Amazon rainforest have been cleared for soya plantations

As the human population and our consumption of resources grow, more and more land is being turned over to agricultural production. This is at the expense of natural habitats such as mangroves, wetlands and, of course, ancient forests. In particular, it's the growing importance of soya beans and palm oil as global commodities are key drivers of deforestation.

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