Agriculture and the Environment in the Brazilian Amazon

Vosti, Stephen A., Julie Witcover, Chantal Lane Carpentier, Samuel Oliveira and Jair Santos

from ARE Update Vol. 5, No. 5, May/June, 2002

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Abstract

The profitability of agriculture is driving much of the deforestation in the Amazon, and labor scarcity is chiefly responsible for the establishment of pastures on cleared land. Deforestation can be slowed and non-pasture alternatives can be promoted, but doing so will be an expensive and slow process, which the international community should support.

Keywords

deforestation, Brazil, pasture, forest margin, cleared land, policy, labor scarcity

Citation

Vosti, Stephen A., Julie Witcover, Chantal Lane Carpentier, Samuel Oliveira and Jair Santos. "Agriculture and the Environment in the Brazilian Amazon." ARE Update 5(5)(2002):3-6. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.
http://giannini.ucop.edu/publications/are-update/issues/2002/5/5/agriculture-and-the-envir/