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Patrick Saldana 30 March 2008 ENC 1102 8:30 Prof. Blasdell Deforestation Core 3 The once lush tropical forests of the southern hemisphere are exponentially depleting off the face of the earth. Yet the main reason for deforestation hasn’t changed in 10,000 years. According to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization approximately 80% of all deforestation is done to clear cut land for agriculture. These crop lands are the essential economic revenue for many countries that rely on crops such as soy and coffee. Hundreds of countries rely on the forest of the southern hemisphere to provide them with these numerous goods, and the hard working individuals of these regions of the world rely on the economic benefit of this need. The problem with deforestation is the destruction of essential habitats for millions of creatures and excessive harmful carbon dioxide emissions it produces everyday. The style and technique of modern clear cutters is their inability to regenerate harvest quickly enough, or slow down the cutting process to allow growth of the forest again. After examining both sides of this issue, I believe clear cutting industries should take environmental issues into consideration. These industries should change their current ways of clear cutting and adopt a safer more environmental alternative. Deforestation has been around for thousands of years and is a great way for civilizations to exterminate land that is occupied by unwanted fauna to grow profitable harvest vegetation instead. Before our modern industrial agriculture, the Neolithic revolution started the great agricultural advancements and concepts that we still use today. Civilizations back then grew what they needed and came to the realization through
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exportation and trade that their harvested goods were profitable in selling to other civilizations. This created a demand for such products and farmers needed to meet demands and expand on their land to maximize profits. This marked the beginning of deforestation. Farmers would eliminate unwanted vegetation on their property by various techniques (slash and burn, clear cutting, etc.) and plant the crop that was deemed the most profitable. This process brought great profits throughout farmlands across the world. Farmers developed specific crops in their region and traded these crops for other goods. Yet consequently their destruction of numerous natural vegetations would take a
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This essay was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course ENC 1102 taught by Professor Blasdel during the Spring '08 term at University of Central Florida.

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