Deforestation of The Amazon Rainforest

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The Amazon rainforest is perhaps the richest collection of plant and animals diversity in the world. It recycles rainfall from coastal regions to the continental interior, providing water for Brazil’s inland agriculture. Big industries like Archer Daniels Midland, Bunge, and Cargill have established industrial soy plantations in Brazil that are taking over large plots of land in the Amazon rainforest (Food for Thought). Soy has been popularized in the past decade as a healthy protein substitute for the restricted diets of vegetarians and vegans. In the past 40 years, soybean production has increased by 500% (Soy Benefits). International demand for the soybean has been on the rise, and with it comes an increase in deforestation and…show more content…
The Xavante territory is to the Brazilians, what Cancer Alley is to Americans. It is a low-income area downstream from large corporate farms that release dangerous toxins into the river. “Soy’s environmental sustainability and social justness depends upon respecting rights of local peoples including their food sovereignty, ensuring local land bases and water resources are not exceeded, halting all new industrial soy monocultures in order to properly scale agricultural development, and stopping the use of toxics (Food for Thought).” Although Brazil has had a reduction in deforestation, this was mainly due to a decline in agriculture markets, other than an increased level of legislature to protect the forests (Brazil's Success in Reducing Deforestation). With the explosion of societies that consume high levels of soy, further deforestation is inevitable unless safeguards are put in place to ensure expansion does not cause more harm to the biosphere (Soy).
The Xavante people hold a deep ecological perspective on their territory, first and foremost it is their home and they wish to protect what is rightfully theirs but that being said, they hold the land in high regard because it is from the land, specifically the river, that they derive the main necessity of life, water. The river that runs through their territory is so incredibly polluted by fertilizers and herbicides it is no longer potable. They can no longer eat the fish from the river which made up a
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