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Why tropical grasslands are becoming a frontline for deforestation

17 May 2018
David Cleary and Toby Webb
Demand for beef ever-increasing

The impact on forests and tropical grassland regions from agriculture continues to rise, including from under-the-radar beef production

David Cleary, director for agriculture at the Nature Conservancy, and Toby Webb reflect on the lessons from Innovation Forum’s latest business and deforestation conference. Cleary argues that the impact on forests from beef production is the “elephant in the room”, and questions why there is not more focus on the sector from activists and campaigners. He outlines how use of already cleared lands for commodity plantation can ease impact on forests and also the cerrado grasslands in Brazil.

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