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Brazilian Soy Farmers Doubled Amazon Deforestation on Price Gain

October 13, 2011

Oct. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Brazilian soy farmers almost doubled the amount of Amazon land they deforested in the previous season as they sought to profit from higher prices for the grain, according to the soybean processors’ association.

Farmers sowed 11,689 hectares of soy in the world’s biggest rain forest from July 2006 to July 2011, up from 6,295 hectares a year earlier, the association, known as Abiove, said today in a statement distributed from Brasilia.

--Editors: Andre Soliani, Dale Crofts

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