Causes Of Defoorestation In The Amazon Rainforest

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Register to read the introduction… Ecological damaged only worsened as road-building projects and government subsidies for agriculture fueled a real estate boom that wiped out forests and threatened traditional rubber tappers and native peoples (Tollefson). Since there is a lot of economic production in the rainforest, they need roads to travel around the wood and speed up the produce of logging and farming (Tollefson). There are 105,000 miles of roads through the heart of the Amazon which are mostly made illegally by loggers to reach mahogany and other hardwoods for lucrative export market …show more content…
The Forest Code was originally passed in 1985 that was required for the Amazon’s farmers to protect 80% of their land from cultivation (Brown). It was ignored but in the 1990s it was beginning to be enforced seriously by the democratic governments. The President set aside 150 million acres of the rainforest which is about the size of France for protection just in case (Brown). As a result, deforestation fell by 74% between 2004 and 2009 (Brown). In 2008, the government deployed hundreds of Brazilian soldiers to crack down on illegal logging (Tollefson), and if they caught people then they would issue fines to those who broke the law or hauling lawbreakers to jail (Tollefson). That is how serious the President and the government were starting to take the issue of deforestation. The law wasn’t working earlier before because the previous president and government didn’t enforce it so much and didn’t make it a top priority because they knew it would cost billions of dollars to restore the rainforest (Tollefson). This solution was a good idea because farmers/ranchers/loggers started to take it more serious because they knew they could get fined or go to jail. The success of this solution was that the “rate of deforestation has hit a historic low”, …show more content…
Brazil does need a lot of money to restore the rainforest from all the damage done by the loggers/ranchers/farmers. Deforestation would cost $20-$25 billion annually by 2020 (Tollefson). That is a lot of money and 2020 isn’t so far away. I think the American government should help Brazil fund for the restoration of the rainforest because Brazil doesn’t have that much money. Maybe the government could start a charity to donate money to save the Amazon rainforest or set up a camp outside of the forest in Brazil and set up fliers for people who want to volunteer to help clean up and plant seeds in the rainforest. The trip would be paid by the government so the people who are volunteering won’t have to worry about it and the play to stay will be free but they would have to pay for the food. I think this would be a good idea because Brazil would have a lot of help from the American citizens to clean up all the mess made in the forest. They would help by putting new, fresh soil and planting trees and plants to produce more oxygen in the air. Another way of helping would be to try this technique that experts recommend trying to change logging practices to make the harvest of rainforest timber less damage and this is called “sustainable forestry”, (“Rainforest”). Experts say that companies should focus on looking for plants and animals that might be developed into profitable pharmaceuticals

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