Brazil’s key deforestation drivers: Pasture, cropland, land speculation

While pastureland seems to absorbs the expansion of cropland, displacing it away from natural vegetation, studies show Brazilian deforestation to be most highly driven by land speculation, whereby land speculators deforest an area, possibly selling off the timber, then converting the land to pasture, and then again quickly selling the land to a soy producer at a much increased price.

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