Deforestation In The Amazon Rainforest

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Introduction Deforestation is an environmental problem everybody gets affected by; but not equally. Cutting down trees and degrading the soil of an eco-system can change it for the worse and leave it unrecoverable. The Amazon Rainforest is a large and very biodiverse ecosystem that stretches across 5,500,000 kilometers. The Amazon Rainforest is not a stranger to deforestation since the late 1960’s. Deforestation in the amazon forest will cripple all organisms that rely heavily on the forest to provide for a sustainable life, while others not directly impacted may benefit from it. Other people may benefit from the deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest from the profit that comes with the use of land for agriculture/livestock. However, the tribes, plants, and animals, that live in the Amazon Rainforest suffer from the loss of Biodiversity, the habitat and resources that are being taken away from clearing forests, and the reduced air quality along with the increased carbon emissions. Deforestation is a process of demolition towards the ecosystem.
Agriculture and cattle ranching have been profitable for other parties that do not live off the land. Cattle ranching is the largest force of deforestation in the Amazon, which accounts for 80% of deforestation. Brazil has cleared up to 24 to 25 million hectares for the growth of soybean crops and is the second largest producer of soybeans. Cattle ranching and soy beans are linked together because when farmers expand to develop deeper into the forest, and abandon cattle pastures; they plant soy beans on the pasture to reuse the land. Deforestation started in the early 90’s because of the agriculture of soybeans and cattle ranches. In 1995 11,200 square miles of the Amazon Rainforest was cut down, which set a record for how much forest was cut down in the Amazon in a year. Deforestation went into a decline between the period of 2007 to 2012 because of the decline in prices of soybeans and beef. However, since 2012 soybeans price has increased rapidly by 29 percent by 2016. The market has been a driving force in deforestation because of the profit it holds for the farmers. Since the prices spiked, farmers have been clearing more land. Not only the
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