How does the growing demand for soybeans put the Amazon rainforest at risk?



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    A major reason soybeans are threatening the Amazon rainforest is due to the soil of the Amazon itself. While it is ideal for rainforest type plants, it is not ideal for intensive monoculture (single-crop) productions of soy. The fact that many of the nutrients that feed the forest come from the plants themselves (decaying leaves), means that by removing this natural cycle, soy farmers are removing a necessary input for the soil fertility. This intensive agricultural practice depletes the soil and makes it impossible to create enough yield to meet demand year after year from the same plot of land, which requires more and more forest to be cleared for farming purposes.

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