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Amazon Deforestation and Ag - 3
Alastair Stewart South America Correspondent
Thu Dec 18, 2014 06:37 AM CST

SAO PAULO, Brazil (DTN) -- Brazil's soybean industry has made great strides in reducing its impact on the Amazon rainforest area over the past decade.

The industry-led moratorium on soybeans from the Amazon deprived illicit farms of clients and has cut soybean planting on illegally-cleared land to negligible levels.

But a jump in jungle clearance in 2012-13, combined with a possible end to the moratorium, raised environmentalist concerns that gains may be reversed and soy could once again become a driver for deforestation

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Brazil's soybean industry has had a destructive impact on the Amazon in the past.

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