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Audio: Impacts of agriculture on Brazil’s Cerrado region

On today’s episode: the impacts of agriculture on Brazil’s Cerrado region.

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Brazil’s Cerrado region is incredibly biodiverse, supporting more than 10,000 plant species, 900 birds, and 300 mammals. But it has long been overlooked by scientists and environmentalists alike, and as protecting the Amazon has become more of a priority in recent decades, much agricultural production in Brazil has moved from the rainforest to the vast Cerrado savannah.

In February, Mongabay sent journalists Alicia Prager and Flávia Milhorance to the Cerrado region of central Brazil to report on the impacts of rapid expansion of agribusiness on the region’s environment and people. Prager and Milhorance filed a series of six reports and they’re here to tell us what they found.

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The frog species Physalaemus nattereri is found in the open Cerrado but not in adjacent gallery forests. Photo via Wikimedia Commons, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5.

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