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New Study: Deforestation increasingly driven by industrial agriculture in Latin America and Asia
New analysis suggests deforestation is increasingly driven by industrial agriculture, and is more geographically concentrated in Latin America and Asia than once thought, reports Mongabay. The new study – published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences – shows a full 48% of global deforestation occurring in the Brazilian Amazon between 2000 and 2005. The report also identified several hotspots throughout Latin America and Asia, where study authors say the majority of global deforestation is occurring as a result of pressures from industrial agriculture. In an interview with Mongabay.com, study co-author Dr. Ruth Defries explains how shifting global dynamics are shaping the drivers of deforestation:
"With skyrocketing demand for biofuels and agricultural commodities, we can expect that deforestation in the future will be increasingly driven by large-scale industrial agriculture rather than small-scale landholders."
The results of the new study differ substantially from the deforestation data provided by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, which compiles forest data provided by national governments.
To view the article on Mongabay.com, click here.
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