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Cattle Pastures in Deforested Amazon Now the Size of Iceland

Cattle Pastures in Deforested Amazon Now the Size of Iceland

January 29, 2009 by Comments Off

The largest rainforest in the world is being chopped down almost entirely for a single purpose: beef. That’s right, one of the biggest, most beautifully diverse ecosystems on the planet is being traded in—for hamburgers. According to a report from Mongabay, a full 80 percent of the land cleared by Amazon deforestation from 1996-2006 has been used to create cattle pastures.