Brazil says US to blame for rainforest deforestation

Brazil says US to blame for rainforest deforestation

Judson Parker

Tallahassee Environmental News Examiner

On November 27, 2009, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said that "gringos" should pay Amazon nations to prevent deforestation, claiming rich Western nations have caused much of the environmental destruction.

According to a concept called Indirect Land Use Change, or ILUC, corn used for ethanol production in the United States cuts into American grain exports and thus provide a bigger market for competitors such as Brazil.

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