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To Save Brazil’s Forests, Focus on Big Landowners – Futurity

By Garry Rogers @Garry_Rogers

To save Brazil’s forests, focus on big landowners – Futurity

Richards and VanWey predict that Mato Grosso is entering a period of renewed high rates of deforestation because of several factors, including the increasing value of farmland, the growing size of the state’s cattle herd, the current dollar-real exchange rate, and the Brazilian government’s continued support of export-oriented commodity agriculture.
Focus on larger properties

Brazil’s Plan for the Control of Deforestation in the Amazon III focuses on reducing deforestation in smallholder farms, given the success the government previously had in targeting owners of larger properties. But in looking at the results of their analysis, Richards and VanWey advocate for continued focus on larger properties.

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The stories today support the contention that deforestation is still too high in Brazil.  Stopping deforestation will be no easier with the large landowners discussed in this article. Sure, the owners can afford to pay the fines (unlike the small landowners), but who is going to fine them?

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