The clearing of tropical rain forest for agriculture frequently results in an increase in the size of the ozone hole, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, soil erosion and climate change. However, as the human population is increasing and the demand for food is increasing globally, therefore there is a need to increase agricultural production.
That’s why forest land is being cleared to create new agricultural lands. Apart from using high-yield hybrid varieties of crops and practicing vertical farming that is costly, creating tropical forest land is considered the most affordable way to increase agricultural land and production at the cost of our beautiful environment.
It is estimated that every year around 6.4 million to 8.8 million hectares of tropical forest land is being cleared for agriculture. It poses a direct threat to the biodiversity of the region. Both flora and fauna are affected. Moreover, as the forest land soil gets exposed to air and water after clearing of the forest, it results in increased soil erosion.
Trees of tropical rainforests act as carbon sinks and absorb carbon dioxide from the air. That’s why clearing of forest land on a large scale leads to increased greenhouse gas effect. Moreover, agricultural activities also result in the emission of greenhouse gasses carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. This combined effect further impacts climate change.
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