Farming and Cattle Raising Already Occupy Almost Half of the Cerrado, According to MapBiomas

O Globo, Cleide Carvalho in 10/09/2021

Half of the Brazilian Cerrado is already occupied by agricultural properties. According to data from MapBiomas, more than 116 million acres of the biome are already destined for pastures for cattle, more than double the amount destined for agriculture.

In addition, the research shows the relationship between the expansion of the agribusiness frontier and the clearing of native vegetation in the region. According to the report, 14 million acres were cut down in the last 10 years, more than half in the region known as Matopiba, an intense agricultural hub.

The second largest Brazilian biome, Cerrado is considered one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, in addition to being one of the most threatened. Although it reaches 12 states and a quarter of the national territory, only 11.9% of its native vegetation is in protected areas.