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Soya boom threat to South America

Date : 3rd September 2004, Source : BBC Link to News Story

The spiralling foreign demand for soya beans could mean the loss of millions of hectares of forest and savannah in South America, conservationists warn. WWF, the global conservation group, says nearly 22 million hectares (54m acres) could be destroyed by 2020.
But WWF says much of this land could be spared if soya farmers could agree to share their land with cattle ranchers. It says the demand for soya exports, used mainly in animal feed, is expected to more than double within 20 years.

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