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Holly Gibbs

FSE study finds most new farmland comes from cutting tropical forest

News / September 14, 2010
A new study led by FSE post-doctoral scholar Holly Gibbs shows that more than 80 percent of the new farmland created in the tropics between 1980 and 2000 came from felling forests, which sends carbon into the atmosphere and drives global warming. Big agribusiness has largely replaced small farmers in doing most of the tree cutting in Brazil and Indonesia, which may make it easier to rein in the trend.
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