Satellite images collected by MapBiomas revealed that areas for agricultural activities have tripled in the last 35 years. Brazilian soy plantations already occupy an area larger than Italy.
In the Amazon, the growth of agricultural areas sums 5.2 million hectares since the early 2000s, mainly on the native vegetation of the State of Roraima.
The study also revealed that the Cerrado, biome where agriculture expands faster, is also one of the most vulnerable to changes in rainfall caused by deforestation in the Amazon forest.
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