RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Satellite images taken between 1985 and 2020 and analyzed by MapBiomas revealed to researchers a significant expansion of agriculture in Brazil during these 35 years. Areas of crops such as soy and corn, for example, tripled.

Soybean plantations already occupy an area larger than Italy and are comparable to the size of countries like the Republic of Congo, Vietnam, or Malaysia. Coffee and citrus plantations have also grown 2.7 times, according to the study.

In addition, forestry areas – which consist of a more sustainable development idea – increased fivefold. The data will be revealed this Wednesday . . .

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