R. Bruce Hull, David Robertson, Courtney Kimmel, Barbara McCutchan, Collaborative Leadership for Sustainable Development in Global Supply Chains: Partnering Across Sectors to Reduce Amazon Deforestation, The Solutions Journal, Volume 5, Issue 4, July 2014, Pages 51-59 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/collaborative-leadership-for-sustainable-development-in-global-supply-chains-partnering-across-sectors-to-reduce-amazon-deforestation/) Abstract: Amazon deforestation is a consequence of global demand for food.1 Forests get cleared mostly to graze livestock, but some get cleared to grow soybeans, as soy is a more profitable crop. Brazilian soybean production increased from 1 million tons in 1969 to 63 million tons in 2009 to about 90 million tons today, which would make it the world's largest soy producer, much of which is exported to China as feedstock for pork production2. China began looking overseas for soy in the mid-1990s when it became clear that its domestic production capacity was insufficient to meet rising demand for this water-hungry crop, so it now imports most of the soybeans it needs and thereby imports 14 percent of its annual water needs.3 This trend is expected to continue. Soybean agriculture is the focus of this study.4 Massive amounts of water, land, and pollution flow through global supply chains.5 Some of these transformations need to occur in global supply chains, through which flow massive … Topics: Agriculture & Food; Forests