Amazon Rainforest's Reprieve from Soya Farmers
The Amazon rainforest has won a temporary reprieve from the on-going invasion by soya farmers [more | more2], after Brazil's major soy traders agreed to a two-year moratorium on buying crops from newly deforested land. Cargill Inc. and other traders were responding to protests against expanding soy plantations in the Amazon rainforest by Greenpeace and others. As reported here, soybean production has become a major source of destruction of the Amazon rainforest. The industry, under pressure from customers such as McDonald's, has now agreed to set up a monitoring system and safeguards to ensure that soya is not sourced from newly deforested land. This is an important tactical victory, yet the two-year ban is clearly insufficient to permanently protect the Amazon rainforest from soybean production. Industrial agriculture of this sort can never be ecologically sustainable within standing rainforest ecosystems, and further Amazonian rainforest clearing for soya production must be banned.