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<a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3024636.stm" target="_blank">http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3024636.stm</a><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">New satellite information from Brazil has revealed a sharp increase in the rate of destruction of the Amazonian rainforest.<br><br><br><br>
The information, collated from satellite data, shows the speed of deforestation increased by 40% between 2001 and 2002 to reach its highest rate since 1995.<br><br><br><br>
Figures from the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) show more than 25,000 square kilometres of forest were cleared in a year - mainly for farming.<br><br><br><br>
Environmentalists have expressed alarm at the development which represents a sharp reversal of a trend in which destruction had been slowing.<br><br><br><br>
"The rate of deforestation should be falling, instead the opposite is happening," said Mario Monzoni, a project co-ordinator for Friends of the Earth in Brazil.<br><br><br><br>
Environmental organisations say one major cause is the spread of large-scale soya farming in the southern Amazon.<br><br><br><br>
Soya production is growing rapidly in the area as a crop that offers large profits for farmers and gives a sizable boost to Brazil's trade accounts.<br><br><br><br>
AMAZON DEFORESTATION<br><br>
2002: 9,840 square miles (25,476 sq km) lost<br><br>
2001: 7,010 square miles (18,166 sq km) lost<br></div>
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Am I wrong or are soy beans a large crop for feeding to livestock .... it would be interesting to see if it's people food or liestock food that is the largest instigator.
 

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Yes. It's animal feed. The U.S. is, I believe, tha largest soy producer in the world, yet most Americans never had actual soy products.....
 

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*sigh* But you just KNOW that some meat-eater is going to pounce on the headline and irritate us for years, assuming it gets picked up by American media outlets.
 

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