Mato Grosso is the Brazilian biggest soy producer. Its annual harvest is about 18 million tones. The question of the ecological diversity is the main issue now.
Exactly the crops helped the Brazilian fuel economic revolution in the recent years, but there is one main problem – crops need large space. In order to provide this space, part of the wild nature in Mato Grosso has been destroyed.
According to the statistics, in 2008 more than 130,000 square km of Amazon rain forest was cleared so to provide space for the crops. Farmers in Mato Grosso don’t seem so worried about these facts.
This is why the ecologists turn to the economical arguments in the issue. For two years, experts are trying to explain that preserving the world’s largest forest actually means larger profits for the local farmers.
Lately, Brazilian farmers are taught to preserve as they are growing new agricultures, for instance eco-farming, organic leaves producing, roots and stems growing.
This way, at least some percent of the forest will be preserved. Another good business idea that actually might save the forest is producing a natural fertilizer. Along with the new agricultures, which will be developed in Matto Grosso, farmers already understand why they need to preserve the forests.