What will the world do when its lungs die?
The death of the Amazon and the Amazon rainforest will be a catastrophe outstripping any man has known in our short history. The Amazon rainforest are the lungs of the earth and without its regulatory impact on our lives the future will be bleak. We must halt rainforest clearing in the Amazon for ranching and soy platations by the multinationals.
Extracted from the Greenhouse Neutral Foundations article in Green Lifestyle Magazine in 2010 Soy -SOy what are we doing? - ‘The Amazon lost some 10,000 square miles of forest cover last year alone — 40 percent more than the year before.” Among the players responsible for this rainforest destruction are multinational, international agribusinesses such as Cargill, Bunge and Archer Daniels Midland, companies investing in growing genetically modified soy. The U.S. company, Cargill, built a soy processing and port facility in Santarém, Brazil, without the environmental impact assessment required by the Brazilian government.
Wikipedia lists the main producers of soy around the world as the United States (32%), Brazil (28%), Argentina (21%), China (7%) and India (4%). Of the 32% of global production of soy in the U.S., 85% percent was genetically modified by 2004, accounting for some 63.6 million acres of soybeans.
Who is driving this steam engine of environmental destruction? You guessed it, Monsanto.
Posted: March 20th, 2011 under General, Nature, World News.
Tags: Amazon Rainforest, catastrophic climate change, climate change emissions reductions, deforestation, global warming, natural systems, Tipping Points
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