Brazil’s key deforestation drivers: Pasture, cropland, land speculation

Brazil’s cropland (row crop) area nearly doubled between 2000 and 2014, new research from the University of Maryland’s Department of Geographical Sciences shows. This expansion is significant given that Brazil was already a major agricultural producer at the end of the 20th Century. In 2000, 26 million hectares (100,387 square miles) were used for cropland, that area grew to 46.5 million hectares (179,538 square miles) by 2014.

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