Thursday, February 11, 2010

Big cities and global farming now driving deforestation, study finds

Soybean cultivation in Mato Grosso
In recent years, tropical countries have been supplying growing amounts of palm oil, soybeans, sugar, meat and other processed products to distant markets abroad. Not all the products are used for food; palm oil and sugar in particular are also being converted into biofuels.

Photo courtesy of Damon Winter/NY Times

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