Barclays, HSBC among major banks financing six “most harmful agribusinesses” with $44bn
Wednesday, October 16th, 2019
A new Global Witness report reveals how more than 300 financial institutions funnelled money into global beef, leather, palm oil and rubber firms linked to deforestation and corruption.
Ricardo Galvão: “Bolsonaro gives green light to illegal deforesters”
Thursday, October 10th, 2019
Sacked INPE chief tells Earthsight he thinks an ‘internal fight’ over agribusiness expansion will soon engulf Brazil’s congress and calls on consumer countries to block imports linked to deforestation.
Ghana and Ivory Coast attempt to raise farmers’ incomes as cocoa industry fails to clean up its act
Monday, September 30th, 2019
West African nations have announced a series of measures to raise the price of cocoa in order to lift farmers out of poverty, which has been linked to persistent child labour and illegal deforestation cases.
Forest fires and Supreme Audit Agency findings overshadow palm oil sustainability claims amid Indonesia-EU “trade war”
Wednesday, September 25th, 2019
81% of concessions in country operate in violation of rules despite 38% being certified legal and sustainable.
Community leaders arrested near Feronia’s Congo palm oil site, NGO claims
Monday, September 23rd, 2019
Locals opposed to presence of palm oil giant in Lokutu reportedly arrested and beaten by police and security guards employed by the Canadian firm.
New York Declaration to halve global forest loss ‘impossible’ to achieve by 2020
Thursday, September 19th, 2019
Another voluntary initiative to halt deforestation is set to fail as the New York Declaration on Forests says its 200 members need to ‘dramatically escalate action’ in deforestation fight.
British troops fed by corrupt Brazilian meat firm tied to illegal Amazon deforestation
Tuesday, September 17th, 2019
Ration packs used by the armed forces have contained beef and chicken from controversial Brazilian company JBS since 2009 and until at least 2016, while Brazilian beef is still used by the MoD, Earthsight has discovered.
Two million hectares of Bolivia burns following Morales’ suspect expansion of agriculture frontier
Wednesday, September 11th, 2019
Local NGOs and Amnesty International call for suspension of Supreme Decree 3973 allowing “controlled burns” and investigation into perpetrators responsible for forest fires crisis
Pressure builds on big economies to address agri-commodity import risks in wake of Amazon fires
Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019
G7 and UK Amazon aid pledges are meagre compared to their Brazilian beef purchases, while supermarkets still stocking high-risk Brazilian beef products as government responses are found wanting.
NGOs allege Malaysian palm oil labour abuses violate US law, while EU legislation falls short
Monday, September 2nd, 2019
Legal complaint targets Proctor & Gamble’s purchases from Felda Global Ventures and acknowledges global buyers from same plantations, but similar cases not possible in Europe.
Brazil senators and NGOs attempt to oust environment minister for failing to protect Amazon
Friday, August 23rd, 2019
Opposition politicians submit impeachment request to the Supreme Federal Court, while 50 civil society groups call for investigation into Ricardo Salles for improper conduct and ‘paralysing’ environmental action.
Prosecutor targets ‘ringleader’ Dennis Melka in Peru cacao investigation
Monday, August 19th, 2019
After employees at Melka-run firm sentenced for illegal Amazon deforestation, officials now pursuing the millionaire businessman for yet more suspect practices in Peru.
Bolivia legalises and expands ‘savage’ deforestation for China and Russia beef deals
Friday, August 16th, 2019
New Decree is said to violate landmark Mother Earth law by opening up an additional 4.5 million hectares to cattle ranchers in El Beni department.
Tropical Forest Alliance supports EU regulation on ‘deforestation-laced’ commodities
Thursday, August 8th, 2019
Head of industry-backed anti-deforestation grouping backs EU due diligence regulation for agri-commodities in light of failure of voluntary corporate pledges.
Activists face deadly risks in protecting lands from global agribusiness
Wednesday, August 7th, 2019
Global Witness report documents dangers for world’s land defenders as 164 activists murdered in 2018 with almost 20% of killings linked to commodity-driven cultivation disputes.