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    Default Amazon protection: Can Brazil's destructive cattle ranches be transformed?

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    November 19, 2019

    With rising deforestation rates in the Amazon and 80% of logging linked to cattle ranching, some in Brazil are trying to boost sustainable livestock farming practices.

    Project goal: Practising sustainable farming on cattle ranches with degraded soil in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso by observing environmental laws, cutting methane emissions and increasing farm efficiency
    Project implementation: Degraded soil will be restored through repeated plowing and by adding nutrients and planting high-yield grasses. Riverbanks and water sources will also be restored and cattle will no longer drink river water.

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    Default Re: Amazon protection: Can Brazil's destructive cattle ranches be transformed?

    I'd say, step one would have to be, stop burning the forest to create more range for cattle.
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    Default Re: Amazon protection: Can Brazil's destructive cattle ranches be transformed?

    Quote Originally Posted by Islander View Post
    I'd say, step one would have to be, stop burning the forest to create more range for cattle.
    Agreed, this is for after the initial damage was done. Also:
    "Project implementation: Degraded soil will be restored through repeated plowing and by adding nutrients and planting high-yield grasses."

    That does not sound like biodynamic/regenerative farming practices. What kind of nutrients, and repeated plowing for pasture grass??? Sounds more like a job for Allan Savory:
    https://www.savory.global/
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    Default Re: Amazon protection: Can Brazil's destructive cattle ranches be transformed?

    The matter of plowing bothered me as well. Any time the soil is disturbed, as in tilling of any kind, stored carbon is released. We should be attempting to create carbon sinks rather than more carbon releases.
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