Office of the President of Brasil. Amazon Rainforest Fact File. Threats to the Amazon Rainforest. By the end of this class…a part of the Amazon the size of 600 football fields will be lost to deforestation. How does that happen?. Deforestation.
Brazil is the second LARGEST producer of soybeans in the world.
** Soy beans are used to make products like your lunch hamburgers! **
This land cleared for agriculture is not very fertile and lasts only 2-3 years and farmers have to move to other land and “slash-and-burn.”
13.5 million Brazilians live in the Amazon rainforest, 70% in urban areas.
The Amazon rainforest has a hidden wealth of natural mineral resources underneath it.
Recently mining has taken off in search of:
- iron ore
$ 61.02 billion AND GROWING