"The Amazon is burning at record rates" and deforestation is to blame (National Geographic).
Many trees in the Amazon are cleared to plant soy or make way for lucrative cattle pastures. Burning is commonly used to clear trees quickly."
"The Amazon is burning because the world eats so much meat (CNN).
The vast majority of the fires have been set by loggers and ranchers to clear land for cattle. The practice is on the rise, encouraged by Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's populist pro-business president, who is backed by the country's so-called beef caucus."
"Every meat-eater on the planet is helping to fuel the Amazon forest fires." (Independent).