Deforestation declines as agricultural production increases

By Elton Alisson

Agência FAPESP – The soy production in Mato Grosso has increased more than 30% from 2006 to 2010, increasing from 15.6 million to 20.5 million tons. In parallel with this growth in agricultural production, deforestation in the state, which is responsible for 31% of the soybeans produced in the country and had led in the felling of trees in the Amazon at the beginning of the millennium, has also diminished by 30% in the same period, reaching 850 km² in 2010; this value represents 11% of its historical average of 7,500 km² registered between 1996 and 2005.

Source and Imagen: Agência FAPESP January 25th, 2012
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