Your açaí smoothie may be destroying floodplain forests in the Amazon (Me: Industrialized agriculture supports deforestation and planet death!)

  • The increase in açaí palm cultivation to supply global demand for the “superfood” has led to the loss of biodiversity and changes in vegetation in the floodplain forests along the Amazon River in Brazil’s Pará state.
  • Brazil’s açaí exports have risen by more than 14,000% over the past decade, with the state of Pará accounting for 95% of national production.
  • In areas where there should be roughly 70 plant species per hectare, there are now virtual monocultures of açaí, with as many as 1,000 palm tree clusters per hectare 

Source: Your açaí smoothie may be destroying floodplain forests in the Amazon