The shampoo you used to clean your hair today was probably put together with plants from the Amazon. As well as the conditioner and other hygiene products you use daily. Farmers that have been relocated by the Brazilian Government to the rainforest have introduced new chemicals in the soil, intoxicating native plants and animals. Soon, the exotic and medicinal plants found only in the Amazon will disappear completely.
Loggers have cut down enough of the forest to cover the United Kingdom 25 times. In the year of 2007, both cattle ranchers and tree loggers were found to be major problems for the conservation of the Amazon. From 1988 to 1991, cattle ranchers and soybean farmers were not a major concern for the Amazon. But by the year 1993, there was an increase sparked by economic demands, resulting in the growth of cattle ranching. This in turn has made governments clear more of the forest for investments in the business. In the 1970’s, the Brazilian government wanted to give 39% of the rainforest land to ranching. Now, according to the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFR), the land belonging to ranchers could increase from 40% to 70%, bringing up the deforestation rate by an alarming 80%.
The Brazilian community has stated that about 16 species of exotic plants and animals are lost to deforestation every day. The Brazilian Government has done little to prevent this from happening. In fact, the government plans to take away land rights from peasants and relocate farmers into the Amazon rainforest. Dams are also being built within the rivers, disrupting the migration of fish through out the Amazon River.