In recent years, Beijing began making big investments in Brazil. This included a potential new railway that would link Brazilian soy fields to its ports. However, these fields are mostly in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest. As Chinese demands for Brazilian soy have increased, so too has the pace of deforestation.
Melissa Chan, co-authored a piece in The Atlantic that examines the impact of China's demand for soy. The piece, "China Wants Food. Brazil Pays the Price," is supported by the Pulitzer Center.