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Global and regional climate change is causing an increasing frequency and intensity of floods and droughts in the Amazon. We all know about global climate change; but, some of us are just now learning about the hydrological cycle in the Amazon.
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Brazil’s privatized deforestation policy has allowed the burning of the Amazon rainforest. The current rash of fires is the result of a rush to plant soybeans that brought ‘land-grabbers’ to raze Amazonia so it can be used to feed hogs and chickens in China. The boom in the soy market threatens not only the Amazon rainforest, but is causing grasslands too to be converted to rows of soybeans, pushing cattle ranchers off the savanna and into the forest, where they too burn down trees to make pasture.
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The thousands of fires burning the Amazon rainforest are the result of a rush to plant soybeans that brought land-grabbers to burn the woods so it can be used to feed hogs and chickens in China.
Both Argentina and Brazil have dramatically increased areas in which to grow even more soybeans as the Chinese came calling after they stopped buying from American farmers due to President Trump’s trade war.
The boom in the soy market threatens not only the Amazon rainforest, but is causing grasslands too to be converted to rows of soybeans, pushing cattle ranchers off the savanna and into the forest, where they too burn down trees to make pasture.
Meanwhile, the loggers first rip off the big bucks, and then the ranchers and big biz farmers clear, burn and deplete the soil which is already the poorest and most infertile in the world. When one cuts down the forest, it is irretrievably lost. The humus layer is all too soon washed out. Hence, the evil of destroying the Amazon rainforest is exponentially increased.
Because of corruption that circumvents environmental safeguards, buying ‘any’ imported beef, timber, soybeans or palm oil from Brazil is irresponsible.
The farms created by destroying the Amazon can only grow crops for about 10-15 years (even with the use of fertilizers, pesticides and genetically modified crops) before they turn into equatorial desert, and new land needs to be cleared. But it’s all about short-term profits.
“What If We Cleared the Amazon?”
“Amazon Tropical Forest ‘Dieback’ As Hydrological Cycle Disrupted”
“Amazon Forest Dieback Scenario”
I can remember when only 1% of the Amazon jungle had been deforested and oil companies explained the science of the Greenhouse Effect.
I can, also, remember when there were no reliable contraceptives. Some things get better; some things get worse. The battle between ‘good and evil’ continues.