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Photos of a Changing World: Brazilian Beef and Deforestation

An ongoing collaboration between Pacific Standard and NOOR Images.


Cows from Santa Barbara farm are transported from one pasture to another pasture in Pará, Brazil, 2009. (Photo: Kadir van Lohuizen)

Brazil is one of the biggest meat exporters in the world. Historically, the country’s beef industry has been a major cause of deforestation in the Amazon, but a study published in Nature Climate Change this January suggested that the country had successfully uncoupled cattle from deforestation—a possibility that Brazil included in its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution at COP21.

During the first week of COP22, Pacific Standard is partnering with NOOR Images, the Netherlands-based photography collective. Check back here for more photographs throughout the week, and visit Pacific Standard’sInstagram account, where we’re publishing two special photos each day from NOOR.