COMMENT: A Roadmap to Failure

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

Through its insatiable consumption of agro-commodities like soy, palm oil and beef, the EU is contributing to a global deforestation crisis. After stalling for years while it carried out study after study, 2019 is crunch time. Over the coming months, a decision will finally be made on what the EU intends to do about the problem. To have any chance of having an impact, it must include plans for legally binding regulation.

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Illegal cattle ranching in protected area in Rondonia, Brazil, has wiped out nearly half its forests

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

Large-scale cattle ranchers are illegally rearing an estimated 100,000 heads of cattle at the Jaci-Paraná extractive reserve in the Amazonian state of Rondonia, causing the loss of nearly half the reserve’s forests. An investigation by O Eco has found that JBS has allegedly sourced livestock from illegal farms at the reserve.

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Corruption and land trafficking in Peru’s Ucayali leading to deforestation for rice and palm

Friday, January 18th, 2019

Alleged criminal activity involving civil servants, government officials, judges and business owners in the eastern Peruvian region of Ucayali has been identified as a driver of deforestation in the area as illegally acquired forested lands are converted to palm and rice.

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Oil palm companies connected to land grabbing, illegal deforestation and industrial pollution in Latin America

Monday, January 14th, 2019

A Mongabay Latam series on the oil palm industry in several Latin American countries has revealed that the advance of oil palm monocultures has resulted in illegalities, deforestation, environmental pressures, and conflicts with local communities.

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As EU demand for soy grows, illegal deforestation gathers pace in northern Argentina

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

Despite a political backlash, illegal deforestation, driven by growing soy and beef production for international markets, has continued to gather pace in northern Argentina. Earthsight’s research shows that EU consumption of Argentinian soy increased by 40 percent in the five years to 2017.

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Palm oil giant FGV sanctioned for forced labour and rights violations

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

Malaysian palm oil giant FGV Holdings Berhad, formerly FELDA Global Ventures, has been sanctioned by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) for forced labour, possible trafficking in migrant workers, and numerous other violations of Malaysian labour laws.

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BRAZIL IN FOCUS: What does Bolsonaro mean for ‘bad ag’ and the forests?

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

With an aggressive agribusiness lobby tapped into the political establishment, emboldened forest crooks, corruption scandals, legal threats to protected areas and rising deforestation rates, the picture for the forests of Brazil was already looking bleak. And then came Jair Bolsonaro. We spoke to experts from Brazil, the EU and US to find out what might happen next. But also, what can be done in response if levels of illegal – and legal – deforestation begin to rise as predicted.

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Q&A Juan Doblas: “We could reach a point of no return for the Amazon, but for now everything is up in the air”

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

“The simulation takes us back to deforestation rates pre-2000 levels. And the biggest problem is that we are not in 2000, we are at a turning point for the Amazon.”

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Q&A FUNAI: “The rhetoric alone is enough to have a negative impact”

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

“Up to what point would the government be willing to burn political capital on these issues, considering they will invest considerable political capital in other issues about the economy, public security…? That could be an advantage for environmental protection, at least initially.”

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Q&A Paulo Barreto, Imazon: “Bolsonaro’s discourse has already started certain trends, regardless of changes in regulations”

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Paulo’s research is heavily focused on identifying the causes of deforestation and on how Brazil can improve the protection of the Amazon.

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Comment: Traders may face reputational risks as deforestation increases in Brazil

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

The changes to environmental regulations that are expected to occur with Jair Bolsonaro’s presidency in Brazil will increase pressure on consumer goods companies, traders and investors to take additional measures to limit their exposure to deforestation, writes Matt Piotrowski of Climate Advisers.

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Boss of world’s largest meat processor arrested again in Brazil in connection with another corruption scandal

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

In early November the Brazilian Federal Police arrested Joesley Batista in connection with Operation Car Wash, one of the largest corruption scandals in Latin American history. Batista is a member of the family that founded JBS, the world’s largest meat processor. The police also arrested Ricardo Saud, a former director at J&F Investimentos, the company that controls JBS, and two former Agriculture Ministers as part of investigations into a graft scheme involving JBS and the Ministry.

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Scientists estimate that deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon could triple under Bolsonaro

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Simulations conducted by a group of researchers at Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) point to a potentially devastating surge in deforestation in the Amazon if the president-elect carries out his most radical promises to undermine environmental and indigenous protections.

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Brazilian Amazon hit by worst deforestation rate in a decade

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Preliminary figures released by the Brazilian government reveal that deforestation in the Amazon has reached its highest rate in a decade, with the Environment Minister Edson Duarte blaming “organised crime”.

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