Explanation notes for the sentences "Sugar - growing flies in the face of conservation principles: the grower clears land for his crops, fells trees, and does immense harm to the habitats of various types of wildlife, so that species after species dies out."
Sugar - growing - growing the sugar plant
flies in the face of conservation principles:- "fly in the face of something"(idiom) means to go against something/what is usually accepted, the clause means "goes against the principles of conservation including preserving wildlives, etc".
the grower clears land - the growers clear the natural vegetation from the land
for his crops, - so that they can grow the sugar plant
fells trees, - "fell trees" means cut trees down, (the trees are homes to wildlives)
and does immense harm to the habitats of various types of wildlife, - "habitats" means places of living, the clause means " and harms greatly the natural homes to different types of wildlife"
so that species after species dies out. - "a species dies out" means "a type of living thing dies completely", the clause means "causing many species to become extinct"
fly in the face of - http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/fly+in+the+face+of
· 7 年前