The Expansion of Intensive Agriculture and Ranching in Brazilian Amazonia

  1. Michael Keller,
  2. Michael Bustamante,
  3. John Gash and
  4. Pedro Silva Dias
  1. Robert Walker1,
  2. Ruth Defries2,
  3. Maria Del Carmen Vera-Diaz3,
  4. Yosio Shimabukuro4 and
  5. Adriano Venturieri5

Published Online: 21 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/2008GM000724

Amazonia and Global Change

Amazonia and Global Change

How to Cite

Walker, R., Defries, R., Del Carmen Vera-Diaz, M., Shimabukuro, Y. and Venturieri, A. (2009) The Expansion of Intensive Agriculture and Ranching in Brazilian Amazonia, in Amazonia and Global Change (eds M. Keller, M. Bustamante, J. Gash and P. Silva Dias), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/2008GM000724

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Geography, Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University, New York, New York, USA

  3. 3

    Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental da Amazônia Belém, Brazil

  4. 4

    Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais, Sao Jose Dos Campos Sao Paulo, Brazil

  5. 5

    Cpatu-Embrapa Belém, Brazil

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875904764

Online ISBN: 9781118670347



  • Rain forest ecology—Amazon River Region;
  • Biosphere—Research—Amazon River Region;
  • Climatic changes—Amazon River Region;
  • Amazon River Region—Climate


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Policy Environment

  • Policies Targeting Amazonia

  • Amazonian Spillovers from Brazilian Policy and Economic Reform

  • Cattle Ranching

  • The Expansion of Soy Farming

  • Implications for the Amazonian Landscape

  • Conclusions