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By Sarah Coursey, Editor

RIO DE JANEIRO - Reports on the amount of deforestation in the Amazon read like European geography lessons. From an area the size of France or Iceland, to annual levels of 40% the size of Belgium, one thing is certain - the world's most environmentally rich area is being destroyed at a rapid rate.

Many of deforested lands are used to graze cattle and set up slaughterhouses, as Brazil is the world's chief exporter of beef. The government is actively seeking to remain in pole position in the international beef market, and has taken measures to . . .

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