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ikt is disgusting that people only look for profit. we need nature but nature does not need us…..
I appreciate your article! I’m writing a cookbook about food from the Pantanal region where i lived for a little while on a ranch by the Rio Negro. My thinking is that Brazilians’ sentimental attachment to the land exists now mostly in their deep attachment to the food from those times and places. Even – especially? – in cities, people want puchero and feijoada and rapadura de abobora and chipas!If we still have these taste memories, all is not lost.
SIM é muito triste ver esta situaçao, eu amo o cerrado e tento preservar,comecei coletar sementes tambem. A duas decadas atras estive em Atlanta, Ga só vi pinheiros e pensei a mesma coisa como pode alguem destruir o seu bioma e conviver com pinheiros, não tem cheiro Da Mata que sinto aqui em Goiás. Sentia uma imensa tristeza e lembrava do meu cerrado . Cada pessoa tem que fazer sua parte.
Excellent article. It clearly shows what is happening to the most diverse savana of the world. The Cerrado is the Brazilian biome that most loss area. More than 1 million sq. km were converted into agribusiness, afforestation and minerals. The costs you all know. But what intrigues me is the lack of interest and coordination to deal with the problem in Brazil. I am sure that only with inter nation pressure Brazilian authorities will show signs of intelligence and save whatever is left! We will keep pounding them, but need help to push forward these action!
Soy beans are used to feed livestock, not people. This land is destined to become hamburgers for people who are getting ill from eating too much meat. The love of money is killing us and the planet we live on. There must be a sustainable way to live that most people will embrace.
Correctioin: The sugrcane/ biofuels mentioned are being produced primarily for Brazilian domestic consumption not for US consumption to meet the Renewable Fuels Standard.
This is an astoundingly insightful and disturbing article. As a Peace Corps volunteer, I arrived in Jaborandi, on the eastern edge of the Cerrado in western Bahia, in 1965. There were no soybean or cane fields, only cattle and small farms of wheat, dry rice, and beans grown in a feudal economy. On my return in 2013 after a career in ecology, I was struck by the scale of ecological devastation in and around the Cerrado. It is hard to imagine Brazil ever recovering from what extensive agriculture has done to the water cycle and the other ecological processes of the Cerrado. That the Cerrado is linked hydrologically to the Amazon must terrify Brazilians who care for the future of their beloved country.
With a little bit of luck, this will be done before 2030.