Brazil to allow expansion of sugar farming, flouting global outrage over Amazon fires

Gobal leaders, environmental groups and consumers expressed sharp criticism over Bolsonaro's tactics as the Amazon burned. This year through November 5, 77,239 fires were detected in the rainforest, home to 10% of all known plant and animal species. Foto: AP Photo/Leo Correa

Brazil has faced international outrage over fires in the Amazon. Rather than shrinking from the scrutiny, President Jair Bolsonaro decided to make yet another controversial move by allowing for the expansion of sugar farming in the planet's biggest rainforest.

Bolsonaro annulled a 10-year-old regulation that had banned the expansion of sugar-cane planted in the Amazon as well as a wetland savanna called as Pantanal and indigenous and reforested areas, according to a resolution published Wednesday in the country's official gazette...

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