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In the past twelve months some 2,000 square miles of the Amazon rainforest has been lost to clearing – equivalent to 50 football pitches every minute.
Although some of these losses are due to illegal logging, much of it has been to meet the demands of the cattle industry.
In 2009 the multinational food giants McDonald’s and Cargill were named and shamed by Greenpeace for their role in the clearance of large areas of Amazonian rainforest, either to graze cattle for burgers or to grow soy beans as feed for cattle destined to end up in burgers.
The current scale of the losses of forest land is unsustainable.
Without the protection of the forest canopies, soils quickly dry out and become vulnerable to wind and rain erosion.
Trees are a vital part of the water cycle, returning moisture from the soil to the atmosphere, which will later return in…
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