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Monday, February 13, 2017
Tropical forests were the primary sources of new agricultural land in the 1980s and 1990s
The researchers of this article had a hypothesis that the vast majority of new agricultural land was coming at the expense of disturbed forest and natural tropical forest land. This is land that has not before been cleared and is apart of our growing scarcity of natural forest and wildlife. They used satellite taken pictures to examine and cover map projections of the newly cleared land for agriculture. A map depicting some of the increased clearing for the agriculture can be seen below :