BEEF AND SOY DEMAND MAY DAMAGE AMAZON

04/08/2013

An increase in foreign demand for beef and soy may lead Brazil to reverse decades of slowing forest losses by clearing more of the Amazon, according to the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research. The Center warned that demand for the products, which already account for 2.7 billion metric tons of carbon emissions caused by Brazil's deforestation, may indirectly contribute to the loss of forests industrialized countries had hoped to protect with international agreements. Brazil saw a significant decline in deforestation from 2011 to 2012, as levels dropped 27 percent to their lowest number since monitoring began in 1988. However, attractive export prices may begin to reverse this. "Trade is emerging as a key driver of deforestation in Brazil," said the study. For the full story, see http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/04/04/us-brazil-idUKBRE9330SI20130404.