Dr. Katy Koch
Writing 101: Research Paper
11 March 2010
The Amazon rainforest the largest tropical area in the world, a vast and humid area where thousands of species of mammals, fish and insects have been unidentified by human; thus being the largest rainforest in the world, it is also the largest area of deforestation where football fields after fields are taken down a minute. The Amazon Deforestation being a growing issue amongst society in this generation can be prominently analyzed from the commodities derived from logging; to the negativity it can cause the environment as a result of erosion.
One of the biggest reasons why deforestation is such a big issue today is because of the livestock extracted from its lands, for example: cattle or otherwise known as the beef we eat today derives from the fields that are cleared daily. As Rhett Butler wrote in The Incredible Shrinking Amazon Rainforest “Clearing for cattle pasture is the largest driver of deforestation in the Amazon, accounting for more than two-thirds of annual forest clearing in many years.” Fields measuring 100’s of yards cube get torn down, after they have been logged. Like Sally Driscoll from Points of View: Amazon Deforestation wrote, “Removal of at least 40 percent of the growth in an area of forested land by means logging, also called clear-cutting.” Those fields get filled with cattle, in other words cattle are raised for the consumption of human beings. With such acquirements beef from the Amazon becomes one of the largest exports of meats in the world. Another example is as followed, hunting is also a big issue of deforestation, there is such a colossal amount of mammals living in this area that hunting for wild pigs and even exotic animals is a pretty big accord.
Secondly, if cattle do not take over the land being cleared, then plantation comes into play. These plantations contracted from the trees already cut down cause...