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PALM, ANSWER TO THE SOY DILEMMA
Talking About...
Palm Oil
Users Guide to
Palm Oil
The Soy Deception
Soy Is Not a Health Food
Soy and Soil Pollutants
Toxic Chemicals Banned in Organics but Common in "Natural" Food Production
Behind the Bean: The Heroes and Charlatans of the Natural and Organic Soy Foods Industry

SUSTAINABLE ORGANIC FARMING
No More Clearing
Sustainable Palm Oil
Soil Compaction

PLANTATIONS
Palm Oil Production Concerns
Brazil Palm Oil Project
Daabon Plantations
Golden Hope Plantations
United Plantations Efforts

RAINFOREST CONSERVATION
Palm Oil Boycott
Soy Damage in Brazil
California Fights Global Warming
Palm Deforestation:
Truth or Fiction?
Soy and Rainforest Destruction

ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM
Greenpeace for Palm Oil?
Foundation Response to Greenpeace

BIOFUELS DEBATE
Perils of Palm Oil
Biodiesel Critical Assessment
Biofuels and Climate Change

NON GMO
GMO and Food Safety
Certified GMO Free
GMO Super Weeds
 
 

Soy is Now a Leading Cause of Rainforest Deforestation in Brazil

Rhett Butler, conservationist and photographer, in an article about deforestation on his excellent site http://www.mongabay.com/brazil.html writes:

“Recently, soybeans have become one of the most important contributors to deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. Thanks to a new variety of soybean developed by Brazilian scientists to flourish in rainforest climate."

Philip Fearnside, co-author of a report in Science [21-May-04] and member of Brazil's National Institute for Amazonian Research in Manaus, explains, "Soybean farms cause some forest clearing directly. But they have a much greater impact on deforestation by consuming cleared land, savanna, and transitional forests, thereby pushing ranchers and slash-and-burn farmers ever deeper into the forest frontier. Soybean farming also provides a key economic and political impetus for new highways and infrastructure projects, which accelerate deforestation by other actors."

"There is also a concern that GMO technology mentioned above threatens biodiversity, farmers rights and the environment - what is needed is a ban on these technologies and not an erosion of the moratorium under the pretext of scientific impact and risk assessment," said Haerlin. Terminators, or GURTS (Genetic Use Restriction Technologies), are a class of genetic engineering technologies which allow companies to introduce seeds whose sterile offspring cannot reproduce, preventing farmers from re-planting seeds from their own fields. The seeds could also be used to introduce specific traits which would only be triggered off by the application of proprietary chemicals provided exclusively by the same companies. Terminator technologies would allow companies to prevent the public from accessing the results of future breeding, which is the present rationale of plant breeders' rights and even patents.


   
     
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