What do you mean by deforestation?



Deforestation is the permanent removal of trees and other vegetation from a forest. It is the conversion of forest land to non-forest use. Deforestation can involve the conversion of forest land to farms, ranches, or urban use.

Causes of deforestation:

  • Agriculture: Agriculture is the primary cause of deforestation, accounting for about 80% of global deforestation. Forests are cleared to make way for crops, such as soybeans, palm oil, and beef.
  • Logging: Logging is another major cause of deforestation. Trees are harvested for their wood, which is used for a variety of purposes, including construction, papermaking, and fuel.

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