Amazon rainforest: Proposed law threatens to cripple preservation efforts

Los Angeles Times: Driven by powerful agribusiness interests, a bill is moving through the Brazilian Congress that could cripple the decades-long effort to protect the Amazon rainforest. The bill would change Brazil's 1965 Forest Code, which requires that Amazon landowners preserve 80 percent of their property as forest, and allow states to set the minimum amount of forested land. Soybean farmers and ranchers, responding to high global commodity prices, are considered to hold more sway in state governments. The......

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