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Agribusiness
According to a report by Friends of the Earth, as much as 80 percent of global deforestation is caused by conversion of forests into agricultural land. Often, endangered rainforests are cleared to make way for new or expanding farms, and diverse tropical ecosystems are replaced with sterile mono-cultures. In Brazil, which houses one third of the Earth's remaining rainforest, the expansion of the agricultural frontier is the main cause of deforestation. [more]

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Agribusiness Links:

  • Cocoa Trade in Cote d'Ivoire - Case study from American University's Trade and Environment Database (TED).
  • Conservation Agriculture Network - A coalition of conservation groups that works to develop guidelines for well-managed tropical agriculture.
  • Conservation Agriculture Network: Better Banana Project - Overview of the efforts to develop a sustainable banana industry.
  • Conservation Agriculture Network: Citrus - Overview of the citrus industry's impact on biodiversity and forests, and efforts to shift industry to better practices.
  • Conservation Agriculture Network: Flowers - Overview of the flower industry's impact on biodiversity and forests.
  • Rainforest Alliance - The Rainforest Alliance's Conservation Agriculture Program works with tropical farmers to reduce chemical use, halt deforestation and improve working conditions.
  • Rural Advancement Foundation International - Dedicated to the conservation and sustainable improvement of agricultural biodiversity, and to the socially responsible development of technologies useful to rural societies.
  • Sugar Production and Environment and the Philippines - Case study from American University's Trade and Environment Database (TED).

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