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Soy in the Amazon

Soy and Amazon forest in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Since 1988 Mato Grosso has lost more forest than any state in Brazil: 133,352 square kilometers, or more than 35 percent of Amazon clearing.

Mato Grosso’s forests have been logged for timber and then primarily converted into cattle pasture — the state has some 26 million head of cattle across 24 million hectares of pasture. Extensive areas have also been planted with mechanized soy farms, as seen in the picture above.

Accumulated deforestation since 1988 [sq km]

State 2009
Acre 11 724
Amazonas 18 949
Amapá 1 223
Maranhão 22 199
Mato Grosso 133 352
Pará 123 527
Rondônia 51 789
Roraima 6 107
Tocantins 8 237
Amazônia Legal 377 108

[does not account for forest regeneration]

Comparative land area

More information on deforestation in Brazil

  • Brazil’s plan to save the Amazon rainforest
  • Are we on the brink of saving rainforests?
  • How to save the Amazon rainforest
  • Future threats to the Amazon
  • Deforestation in the Amazon

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