According to this article, from 1996-2006, 80% of deforested land in the Amazon is the result of converting forest to pasture to raise cattle. In those ten years, Brazil became the largest beef exporter in the world. The country has reportedly cleared more than 10 million hectares for cattle, the area of which is equivalent to the size of Iceland. Brazil’s federal government is, however, attempting to improve “public perception of its environmental performance in the Amazonia” and hopes to reduce its impacts in the area by reducing emissions from deforestation in the next decade.
The cattle industry has always played a role in deforestation. At the colonization of this country forests were being cut to accommodate the cattle and the planting fields. There are statistics that tell us it takes 100L of water to grow 1kg of potatoes. It takes 13000 L of water to produce 1 kg of beef. Plus, cows breathe in oxygen and out carbon dioxide. When a garden is grown, even if it is in a place where trees were taken down to plant it, the plants will breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen.
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