Amazon Case Study: A Different Approach to Cattle Ranching

By AQ Online

Some producers have reduced gas emissions and taken advantage of misused land.

This article is part of AQ’s special report on sustainable development of the Amazon. Cattle ranching brings some $2 billion to the Brazilian Amazon every year, but the industry has taken a toll, with ranchers clearing forest to expand pasture that has become degraded by soil mismanagement and the lack of trees. As a result, the industry accounts for more than 80% of Amazon deforestation since 1985. Even though approximately 174,800 square miles of forest have been turned into pasture in the Brazilian Amazon, 44% are degraded. Sustainable Livestock of the Amazon, or...

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