Music by Jahzzar: betterwithmusic.com
Most tourists pass through Iquitos as a jumping off point to visiting the Amazon rather than the city – but actually it can now take up to a day long boat ride from the city to reach the forest. The area surrounding the town has been cut and populated and is really only a shell of the wilderness that most people imagine as the Amazon. The deforestation has come from cutting wood for fuel in the city, but also simply as an attempt to open land for agriculture, to feed farmers in the countryside just as much as urbanites. To stop deforestation in the Amazon - a priority for any plan to fight climate change or preserve biodiversity – we have to change the way people in the Amazon grow their (and, given how much deforestation comes to produce meat for westerners, our) food.