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When Nations Can’t Grow Their Own Food

Touch the Soil News #1211 (Feature photo – Fires in Rainforests to Clear the Land – NASA image) The urbanization of first-world nations has essentially paved over much of the world’s best farmlands. But what happens to the food production off of millions of acres of destroyed farmland? There are two big things that happen: 1) Large multinational corporations move into third-world nations and acquire farmland often by dispossessing indigenous people. 2) Lack of transparency as critical forest ecosystems are slashed and burned for corn, soybeans, palm oil and livestock farming. Farmland Grab gives us a snapshot of what is happening: https://www.farmlandgrab.org/post/view/28638-foreign-farmland-investors-in-brazil-linked-to-423-000-hectares-of-deforestation Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals…

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How Much Does Soy = Deforestation?

Positive Future #274 (Feature photo – Trucks Transporting Soybeans in Brazil – CCA 3.0 Brazil) One of the most important crops in the world is soybeans. The world farms over 300 million acres of soybeans each year. Much of the growth in soybean acreage is tied directly to global deforestation. One of the most important uses of soybeans is to feed meat animals. Recently, the growth of soybeans in Brazil has led to a destabilization of water systems. Soy acreage in the ecological sensitive region called the Cerrado has grown by almost 24 million acres over the past 7 years. That is equal to a farm that is 10 miles…

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