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Soy No Longer a Threat to the Rainforest

By Amanda Wilkes:

Nearly 6 times the size of Texas, the Amazon, also known as the “lungs of our planet,” is under constant pressure because of the human race’s demands for commodities. However, the Amazon may be breathing a little easier these days, thanks to the efforts put forth by several industry associations responsible for the Soy Moratorium.soy beans

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, 480,000 hectares of tropical forest were destroyed every year due to soy production. Thankfully, concerned associations have made big changes that have nearly eliminated deforestation in the name of soy. Two associations in the industry took a pledge called the Soy Moratorium not to trade or finance soy originating from land in the Amazon Biome that has been deforested post July 2006. Thanks to this initiative, renewed in 2015, soy is no longer a major contributor to the risk of the Amazon’s deforestation. This is wonderful news, considering soy is one of the big four forest risk commodities responsible for grand scale deforestation worldwide.

Rather than being regulated by the government, the soy industry is now being run by a private sector firm, which has proven significantly more successful. Within the private sector, there are more resources to regulate a forest that spans such a great space. It is exciting to know that, although soy production has skyrocketed in Brazil, only a little over 1% of it has been produced on newly deforested land, which is definite proof that the Soy Moratorium and its advocates have made a significant difference.rainforrest

It is highly encouraging to see what we can do when we set our minds to it and demand change. Unfortunately, though, soy is not the only industry that has threatened the Amazon. This giant forest faces trials and tribulations every single day and will continue to do so until we again demand a change for the better. Because of illegal logging, mega-dams and cattle (beef production), the Amazon continues to be at risk for deforestation at an alarming rate. In order to save our tropical forests, let’s take action, as we did with soy, and eliminate high risk practices used to produce these commodities!

About Amanda

Amanda Wilkes is a Southern California native and an avid advocate for the health, happiness, and the well being of the world we live in! She loves teaching, traveling, writing, cooking, and photography. Amanda cannot get enough of being out doors, playing in the sunshine and doing yoga on the beach at sunset. One of her greatest joys is finding a new Farmer's Market or sustainable eatery! She lives in Laguna Niguel, CA with her beloved boyfriend and fur baby. As a teacher, she hopes to empower the youth of today with the ways of tomorrow's future!

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