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Pressures on forests

3. For housing
Pressures on TRFs do not only come from more economically developed countries (MEDCs).

Less economically developed countries (LEDCs), who wish to develop their interior and build roads and dams, or house a growing population, often cut down their rain forests.

In Brazil, 10km strips have been cleared alongside highways to build new settlements for landless farmers from the drought stricken North East. The southern edge of the same TRF has been cleared for large cattle ranches farming meat and leather.

4. For profit

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