Summarize the points made in the lecture, being sure to explain how they cast doubt on the specific points made in the reading passage.

The reading and the lecture are both about deforestation. More specifically, the writer discusses the benefits of cutting down trees. However, the lecturer in the listening passage disagrees. He believes that the benefits which were mentioned in the reading are short-term benefits. First of all, according to the reading, clearing large areas from trees will provide an abundance of farmland which will help to raise crops and livestock. However, the lecturer disputes this point. He claims that there are alternative ways of developing the farmland. Secondly, the author argues that cleared land can be used for residential areas too. Due to the fact that the global population is rising, more people will require more space to live and it will benefit the regional economy and for job seekers. Again, the lecturer believes that there are flaws in the writer’s argument. The lecturer points out that these are short-term goals and that we should not destroy the ecosystem, animals and insects that live in this area. In addition 28 percent of oxygen is produced from the rainforest ecosystem. Finally the reading claims that the forestry industry is an integral part of many national economies, in countries like Brazil, Thailand, Indonesia. However, the professor in the listening is doubtful that it is accurate. He suggests that the money that comes from deforestation goes to business owners, not employees who work everyday. In conclusion, both the author and the lecturer hold conflicting views about deforestation.
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