The fellows over at Seventh Generation have picked up shop and headed down to the Amazonian Rainforest for a trip to inspire and educate others about what’s really going on down in the “lungs of the world.” Along with regular audio blogs Jeffrey Hollender has written briefly about what they are seeing and the effects of the escalated destruction of the rainforest throughout the Amazon river basin.
An interesting part of one daily excerpt mentions the continued clearcutting that is occuring as a result of expanding soy production and agriculture.
Today we flew over hundreds of miles of virgin forest, punctuated by huge tracts of land that have been deforested for logging, cattle or soy production. (Much of the land ends up growing soy beans to be sold to Cargill.) 20% of the forest has been lost. What’s left is breathtaking. What’s gone a disaster.
Soy is quickly becoming one of the main crops responsible for thousands of acres of virgin rainforest being cleared. Thanks to Inspired Protagonist for the good work and reports coming directly from the field down in Brazil.