The logging companies 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 that is from Brazil is irresponsible.
The farms created by destroying the Amazon can only grow crops for about 10-15 years 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”