Monday, December 1, 2008

IU Prof to Study Amazon Deforestation

The effects of Amazon deforestation where agriculture production has been ramped up through increased mechanization will receive further study by an Indiana University anthropology professor thanks to a $2.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, reports the IU News Bureau.

Emilio Moran (pictured), an IU distinguished professor of anthropology and director of the university's Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environmental Change, said the funding will allow researchers to hopefully answer the controversial question over what are the best types of economic development in certain environmental settings.

The five-year study will follow small scale farm owners and focus on how they are impacted when externally-capitalized, large scale farm owners bring highly-mechanized processes to the region.

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