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By Samuel Elliott Novacich, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Last week the Brazilian Minister of the Environment, Izabella Teixeira, reported that in the nine month period from August of 2010 to April of 2011, deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest had increased by 27 percent, a reversal of the previous year's decrease. The greatest increase in deforestation is believed to have occurred in the State of Mato Grosso, the country’s largest producer of soy, where there was an unprecedented . . .

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