The Amazon might take heart from communal seed banks in Brazil's soybean belt. 

Monoculture has replaced significant parts of the Amazon rainforest in Mato Grosso, Brazil, causing severe droughts and sparse rains, according to climate experts. 

Community seed banks and Amazonian reforestation are ways traditional and Indigenous peoples are addressing the effects of large-scale soy farms. 

In Brazil's aim to restore 60,000 square kilometers (23,160 square miles) of deforested land by 2030 and agribusiness's global responsibility for Amazon harm, experts suggest seed projects could help. 

Seed banks can restore Amazon biodiversity, safeguard Indigenous species, and limit climate change locally and worldwide. 

COLÍDER, Brazil— A few years ago, Maria Ivonete de Souza inherited desolate terrain toughened by cattle ranching.  

The family had landed in the Amazon from southern Brazil four decades previously, and her father quickly cleared the impenetrable rainforest for pasture. 

“He razed it all by hand, with a saw and an ax,” Souza said from her farmhouse porch in Colíder, 393 miles (632 kilometers) north of Mato Grosso's capital.  

Talking about this is awful. Because I'm remembering things that disturb me today. 

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