Monday, 25 May 2015

Agreements working to stop beef ranches destroying Brazil rainforest says study

The destruction of large areas of rainforest in Brazil to provide pasture for beef herds has been positively affected by “zero deforestation agreements” between the Brazilian government and ranchers.

A recent study conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and published in the journal Conservation Letters, assesses the impact of these agreements on the country's rainforests. 

The team found that these zero deforestation agreements prompted ranchers to swiftly register their properties in an environmental registry, led slaughterhouses to actively block purchases from ranches with recent deforestation, and saw lower deforestation rates among supplying ranches.

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