Amazon Deforestation and Ag-4
Alastair Stewart South America Correspondent
Fri Dec 19, 2014 07:19 AM CST

SAO PAULO, Brazil (DTN) -- A solitary cow saunters across a massive termite mound-pocked field just outside Santarem, an Amazon port city on the east side of the rainforest.

This isn't the kind of ranching that has made Brazil the world's No. 1 beef exporter, and it is the type of low-intensity farming that has to disappear if the industry is to reduce its impact on the forest and reduce carbon emissions.

The majority of rainforest that is cleared is turned into pasture -- about 63% of the 290,000 square miles cleared between 1988 and 2012, according to government data.


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