Not so much really

Environmentally conscious consumers who switch from cow’s milk to soya milk may be doing harm to the rainforest because it is cleared to grow soya beans.

Vast areas in South America, including in the Amazon, have been cleared to grow soya and demand for it continues to drive illegal deforestation.

Rainforest soil is usually pretty shitty. You’d not be able to plough it for long. That’s why the indigenous farming method is peripatetic slash and burn.

It tends to be the cerrado – savannah – or pasture like the pampa that gets ploughed.

7 thoughts on “Not so much really”

  1. “Environmentally conscious consumers who switch from cow’s milk to soya milk may be doing harm to the rainforest because it is cleared to grow soya beans”.

    Ditto Palm Oil: ‘Palm oil is nine times more productive than soy, so nine times less land is needed to produce a tonne of oil,’ explains WWF campaigner…..

    Enviro-loons – like the Grauniad, always wrong about everything.

  2. It’s hard to understand the objection to soy. It’s a nitrogen fixer. What rainforest soils need. Mulch & plough back in all the waste vegetable matter & you’re on your way to creating decent soil won’t wash out every time it rains. Worth rotating with other crops, though.

  3. Even if it is bollocks, don’t tell them; I’m loving the way that every attempt by the right-on to be eco-friendly then leads to accusations of more environmental damage.

  4. I personally liked the drive for bio-fuels, which drove the world price of wheat to close to £200/tonne back in 2008-ish 🙂 of course it also set off the bread riots and revolutions throughout the Middle East, but hey, you can’t save the planet without breaking a few eggs……..

  5. So Much For Subtlety

    Parts of the Aamzonian rainforest have been farmed for thousands of years. You can tell from outer space because the slash and burn made those parts more fertile than usual.

    Or rather modern academics want to make all White people evil and so “estimate” the largest possible number of Native Americans who were alive in 1491. But that means they were cutting rainforest down. So it is not virgin, it has been used by mankind for centuries.

    So Bolsanaro is doing nothing wrong.

  6. ‘Baizuo who switch from cow’s milk to soya milk may be doing harm to the rainforest because it is cleared to grow soya beans.’

    Fixed it.

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