This figure illustrates annual deforestation rates and the growth of the cattle herd in the Brazilian Amazon biome. From 1990 to 2004, there is evidence of a positive correlation between forest loss and cattle production, with both increasing during this period. However, post-2004, the rate of deforestation declines considerably, while the average rate of cattle production continues to increase.
This helps demonstrate that cattle production does not need to come at the expense of forests. The cattle sector in the Brazilian Amazon can grow sustainably by increasing the productive capacity of existing pastures.