Global demand for beef and soy challenges South American tropical forest conservation

Cifor: Cattle ranching is a prime cause of deforestation in South America. _Market forces and policies encouraging economic growth are having a increasingly large influence in shaping forest landscape transformation in South America, according to a recent research paper. In an article published in the January 2011 edition of Forests, Pablo Pacheco, a researcher at CIFOR and his colleagues said agribusiness development brings economic development to forest frontiers, but at the expense of forest conservation.......

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