How monoculture farming is threatening a key Brazilian biome

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It may not be as well-known as the Amazon region, but conservationists and biologists say Brazil’s Cerrado region is perhaps no less important. The tropical savanna biome spans over 21 percent of Brazilian territory. Ample plateaus looming amid flat lowlands define what the World Wide Fund For Nature called the “world’s biologically richest savanna.”

But the arid landscape is increasingly a part of public conversation amongst environmentalists, most recently with 23 major companies participating in a campaign to stop deforestation in the area.

Deforestation, however, is not the biggest threat to the Cerrado – and nor is most of...

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