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Socioeconomic and environmental effects of soybean production in metacoupled systems

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da Silva, Ramon Felipe Bicudo [1, 2] ; Vina, Andres [2, 3] ; Moran, Emilio F. [4] ; Dou, Yue [5] ; Batistella, Mateus [1, 6] ; Liu, Jianguo [2]
Total Authors: 6
[1] Univ Estadual Campinas, Ctr Environm Studies & Res, BR-13083867 Campinas - Brazil
[2] Michigan State Univ, Ctr Syst Integrat & Sustainabil, Dept Fisheries & Wildlife, E Lansing, MI 48823 - USA
[3] Univ N Carolina, Dept Geog, Chapel Hill, NC - USA
[4] Michigan State Univ, Ctr Global Change & Earth Observat, E Lansing, MI 48823 - USA
[5] Vrije Univ Amsterdam, Inst Environm Studies, Environm Geog Grp, De Boelelaan, NL-1081 HV Amsterdam - Netherlands
[6] Embrapa Agr Informat, Brazilian Agr Res Corp, BR-13083886 Campinas - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 6
Document type: Journal article
Source: SCIENTIFIC REPORTS; v. 11, n. 1 SEP 20 2021.
Web of Science Citations: 0

Human-environment interactions within and across borders are now more influential than ever, posing unprecedented sustainability challenges. The framework of metacoupling (interactions within and across adjacent and distant coupled human-environment systems) provides a useful tool to evaluate them at diverse temporal and spatial scales. While most metacoupling studies have so far addressed the impacts of distant interactions (telecouplings), few have addressed the complementary and interdependent effects of the interactions within coupled systems (intracouplings) and between adjacent systems (pericouplings). Using the production and trade of a major commodity (soybean) as a demonstration, this paper empirically evaluates the complex effects on deforestation and economic growth across a globally important soybean producing region (Mato Grosso in Brazil). Although this region is influenced by a strong telecoupling process (i.e., soybean trade with national and international markets), intracouplings pose significant effects on deforestation and economic growth within focal municipalities. Furthermore, it generates pericoupling effects (e.g., deforestation) on adjacent municipalities, which precede economic benefits on adjacent systems, and may occur during and after the soybean production takes place. These results show that while economic benefits of the production of agricultural commodities for global markets tend to be localized, their environmental costs tend to be spatially widespread. As deforestation also occurred in adjacent areas beyond focal areas with economic development, this study has significant implications for sustainability in an increasingly metacoupled world. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 14/50628-9 - Food security and land use: the Telecoupling challenge - ABC Telecoupling
Grantee:Mateus Batistella
Support Opportunities: Research Projects - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 18/08200-2 - The telecoupled world: food security, commodities and its environmental and socioeconomic dimensions
Grantee:Ramon Felipe Bicudo da Silva
Support Opportunities: Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
FAPESP's process: 15/25892-7 - Food security and land use: the Telecoupling challenge
Grantee:Ramon Felipe Bicudo da Silva
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral