In this May 5, 2014 photo, a motortaxi delivers a cargo of mattresses to a #mining camp in La Pampa in Peru's Madre de Dios region. An estimated 20,000 wildcat miners toil in the malarial expanse of denuded #rainforest known as La Pampa, an area nearly three times the size of Washington, D.C
A woman cries in front of police after authorities destroyed her canoe's engine, which partially destroyed her boat, for allegedly transporting machinery used by illegal gold miners at the Punkiri dock. 'Illegal Gold Mining in Peru- In Photos'
Brazil is the world’s largest exporter of beef, and the second largest beef producer. The rainforests of the world are vital components of the planetary climate machine, and the growth of cattle ranching has been blamed for up to 80% of Brazil’s deforested areas, particularly in the Amazon rainforest.