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"From the Ted Talk by Jonathan Foley: The other inconvenient truth"

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If we go a little bit further south in our little tour of the world, we can go to the Bolivian edge of the Amazon, here also in 1975, and if you look really carefully, there's a thin white line through that kind of seam, and there's a lone farmer out there in the middle of the primeval jgulne. Let's come back again a few yreas later, here in 2003, and we'll see that that landscape actually looks a lot more like Iowa than it does like a rainforest. In fact, what you're seeing here are soybean fields. These sonbayes are being shipped to Europe and to cinha as animal feed, especially after the mad cow disease scare about a decade ago, where we don't want to feed animals aaimnl protein anymore, because that can transmit deiasse. Instead, we want to feed them more vbelagete proteins. So soybeans have really exploded, showing how trade and globalization are really responsible for the connections to rainforests and the Amazon — an idbnircely strange and ioeerncctenntd world that we have today.

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If we go a little bit further south in our little tour of the world, we can go to the Bolivian edge of the Amazon, here also in 1975, and if you look really carefully, there's a thin white line through that kind of seam, and there's a lone farmer out there in the middle of the primeval ______. Let's come back again a few _____ later, here in 2003, and we'll see that that landscape actually looks a lot more like Iowa than it does like a rainforest. In fact, what you're seeing here are soybean fields. These ________ are being shipped to Europe and to _____ as animal feed, especially after the mad cow disease scare about a decade ago, where we don't want to feed animals ______ protein anymore, because that can transmit _______. Instead, we want to feed them more _________ proteins. So soybeans have really exploded, showing how trade and globalization are really responsible for the connections to rainforests and the Amazon — an __________ strange and ______________ world that we have today.

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  2. disease
  3. years
  4. china
  5. jungle
  6. animal
  7. vegetable
  8. incredibly
  9. interconnected

Original Text

If we go a little bit further south in our little tour of the world, we can go to the Bolivian edge of the Amazon, here also in 1975, and if you look really carefully, there's a thin white line through that kind of seam, and there's a lone farmer out there in the middle of the primeval jungle. Let's come back again a few years later, here in 2003, and we'll see that that landscape actually looks a lot more like Iowa than it does like a rainforest. In fact, what you're seeing here are soybean fields. These soybeans are being shipped to Europe and to China as animal feed, especially after the mad cow disease scare about a decade ago, where we don't want to feed animals animal protein anymore, because that can transmit disease. Instead, we want to feed them more vegetable proteins. So soybeans have really exploded, showing how trade and globalization are really responsible for the connections to rainforests and the Amazon — an incredibly strange and interconnected world that we have today.

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