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I just found this chart:



I think it is important to note the significant extend of the effect of food production. Chalk up another reason why I feel so passionately about growing your own food.

Further, I think that with proper management, forestry would not cause deforestation and we could drastically reduce the wildfires at the same time.
 
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I don't think that in this graph tree cover loss means the same thing as deforestation. I think they're counting all trees removed as loss of tree cover. So even thinning out a bush might be considered in this total.

Deforestation is usually a term reserved for land where the trees are cut and the land is taken out of forestry or tree cover for the foreseeable future. Conversion to agriculture is the biggest cause of that.

I'm sure many would disagree on which cuts should be listed in green and which in red. It probably has to do whether the trees are harvested legally or illegally. Notice that North America has very little in the red area. But I'm not sure what happens if you have a permit and it's all legal for you to chop down those redwoods. Does that mean it was not commodity-driven? If a bunch of yokels in Cambodia strip the hillside of mahogany, most westerners would agree that that's commodity-driven. I don't know who made the graph.
 
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