Graham Sustainability Institute

Deforestation in Brazil

November 2017

Soy production has led to deforestation in multiple regions of Brazil, including the states of Mato Grosso and Pará. A combination of laws, such as the Forest Code (1965), and voluntary agreements, such as the Soy Moratorium (2006), have been implemented to slow the rate of deforestation due to soy production in the Amazon. Although the overall deforestation rate has declined in Brazil from 2004 to 2013, it has increased along the BR-163 highway, also known as the “Soy Corridor.”

Keywords: agro-industrialization, soy, deforestation, Brazil, Mato Grosso and Para region, rainforest

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