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 wide and 3,750 miles long.
Disruption of the Cerrado is under more pressure and China looks to buy soybeans from Brazil amidst trade wars with the U.S. You can read the full story here: