Exploiting the Amazon
In this report I will examine a variety of sources and consider important issues in favour of exploiting the Amazon Rainforest.
Brazil has an extremely large population (157, 872,000 1996 estimate), with a population density of about 48 people for every square mile. 78% of these live in urban areas, causing considerable overpopulation.
The large amount of land that tropical rainforests occupy means there is less land for humans. By clearing some of the rainforest, pressure is taken of overcrowded cities by providing new settlements and land that can be used for farming.
The government has cleared large areas or rainforests to create space for the building of new towns; encouraging people to move into these newly cleared spaces, and to farm for themselves (subsistence farming), in an effort to relieve pressure on urban areas and lessen the number of people living in Favelas.
The pressure of an ever-increasing population also means that jobs are precious and the huge number of jobs that deforestation provides can outweigh the damage to the environment. The income that such jobs provide helps create better housing and a more nutritional diet for Brazilians.