The Amazon rainforest is home to the most diverse ecosystem on earth, as well as millions of indigenous peoples. It is under grave threat from being cleared and burned primarily for cattle pastures. Deforestation not only destroys biodiversity...
In 2004, Greenpeace began to investigate the Amazon soy industry. Our research has identified three U.S.-based agricultural commodities giants - ADM, Bunge and Cargill - at the heart of the Amazon destruction.
121 communities have been mapped in the region of Belterra and Santarém. Research collected for the map between May 2007 and June 2008 shows damage has spread along the highways carved through the forest, even though there's a moratorium on...
This map shows the extent of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon.
Between 1996 and 2006 the area of cattle pastures in the Brazilian Amazon grew by approximately 10 million hectares – an area about the size of Iceland.
Original vegetation in the state of Mato Grosso. 185,587km² of the once lush rainforest in the state of Mato Grosso (an area twice the size of Hungary) has so far been destroyed, primarily because of cattle expansion.
This map shows how the main roads that were opened up in the
1970s link with extensive networks of unofficial roads (not shown on official charts), and how this has led to cattle ranching expanding into remote areas hundreds of kilometres from...
This map shows the extent to which cattle pasture is the main use of deforested land in Mato Grosso.
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