Over ranching in the heart of Brazil

by Inga Yandell

British supermarkets are driving a new wave of rapid destruction of the Amazon rainforest by using meat from farms responsible for illegal deforestation, according to a three-year investigation by Greenpeace

Greenpeace maps show that cattle ranching is the primary driver of deforestation in the Amazon state of Mato Grosso with 79.5 per cent of deforested land used for cattle pasture.

Using specialised techniques to analyse and compare satellite images and data showing the growth of infrastructure, such as roads and agribusiness, the maps clearly illustrate how much former rainforest is now used for cattle pastures and slaughter houses in Mato Grosso.

Read the article- Amazon rainforests pay the price as demands for beef soars!
Watch the video- Greenpeace tracks beef and leather to Amazon deforestation!
See the slideshow- How the west’s appetite for beef is felling the Amazon!
Download the document- Amazon Cattle Footprint!

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Inga Yandell
Explorer and photo-journalist, passionate about nature, culture and travel. Combining science and conservation with investigative journalism to provide educational resources and a platform for science exploration.
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