Brazil Amazon governor backs cattle control effort

Inae Riveras and Roberto Samora-Reuters, 08/11/2009

Cattle ranching has become the biggest environmental challenge for Brazil’s Mato Grosso state, which has launched a “cattle moratorium” to combat Amazon destruction, the state’s governor said on Tuesday.

Mato Grosso is calling on meatpackers to stop buying cattle raised in newly cleared areas of the world’s largest rain forest. Environmental activists have cited ranching as a prime driver of Amazon degradation.

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