Piles of recently cut-down trees are are seen in Brazil.

Piles of wood are seen in Brazil. First come the loggers, who illegally extract valued lumber. The cattle ranchers follow, burning the forest to clear land and plant green pasture that rapidly grows in the tropical heat and rain. After the pasture is worn out, soy farmers arrive, planting grain on immense tracts of land.

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