Between 1991 and 2000, the total area of forest lost in the Amazon rose from 415,000 to 587,000 square kilometres (160,000 to 227,000 sq mi), with most of the lost forest becoming pasture for cattle.  Seventy percent of formerly forested land in the Amazon, and 91% of land deforested since 1970, is used for livestock pasture .   Currently, Brazil is the second-largest global producer of soybeans after the United States. New research however, conducted by Leydimere Oliveira et al., has shown that the more rainforest is logged in the Amazon, the less precipitation reaches the area and so the lower the yield per hectare becomes. So despite the popular perception, there has been no economical advantage for Brazil from logging rainforest zones and converting these to pastoral fields. 
We are a founding member of the Commercial Bear Viewing Association of BC, which was formed to promote sustainable bear viewing on the coast. One of the CBVA goals is to end the trophy hunting of grizzly bears. We support Pacific Wild’s current campaign to stop the hunt and ask that you investigate their website Pacific Wild . We need your support now on this issue. Pacific Wild’s website contains numerous suggestions on ways you can help to protect our bears from trophy hunting. Time is of essence as we face a provincial election in early May. It is obvious the government is out of real reasons to stop the hunt and if we can get the silent majority that oppose to the hunt to speak up, then stopping the hunt in the Great Bear Rainforest should be a no-brainer.
The forests are being destroyed at a rapid pace.    Almost 90% of West Africa 's rainforest has been destroyed.  Since the arrival of humans, Madagascar has lost two thirds of its original rainforest.  At present rates, tropical rainforests in Indonesia would be logged out in 10 years and Papua New Guinea in 13 to 16 years.  According to Rainforest Rescue , a main reason for the increasing deforestation rate especially in Indonesia is the expansion of oil palm plantations to meet the growing demand for cheap vegetable fats and biofuels . In Indonesia, palm oil is already cultivated on nine million hectares and, together with Malaysia , the island nation produces about 85 percent of the world’s palm oil.  [ unreliable source? ]