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Strict Amazon protections made Brazilian farmers more productive

Strict Amazon protections made Brazilian farmers more productive
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Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s new president-elect, will make many decisions during his four-year term, from combating violence to stimulating a stagnant economy. Those decisions will have large impacts on Brazilians, who remain deeply divided over the controversial election of this far-right populist. But some of Mr. Bolsonaro’s decisions will affect the entire world, namely his promises to cut environmental protections in the Brazilian Amazon.

The Amazon is the world’s largest tropical rainforest and a major global food exporter. The Amazon Basin also provides the rains that nourish Brazil’s productive croplands to the south, a breadbasket for the world. The...

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