Powerful agribusiness lobbying and erosion of regulations driving deforestation to new heights in Australia
Wednesday, March 28th, 2018
A surge of deforestation in eastern Australia driven by cattle ranching has made it one of the world’s worst places for forest destruction, facilitated by a powerful agricultural lobby that is eroding the rule of law.
Communities denounce violence and human rights violations in the Brazilian Cerrado’s ag frontier
Wednesday, March 28th, 2018
Civil society organisations in the Brazilian Cerrado have issued a statement denouncing the “alarming increase in violence and violations of rights of the communities” associated with a government-driven agricultural project.
Brazil Supreme Court ruling upholds amnesty to illegal deforesters as cash from bad ag flushes into the coffers of congressmen
Wednesday, March 28th, 2018
Brazil’s Supreme Court has upheld several controversial revisions to the Forest Code that will greenwash illegal deforestation and, critics argue, will increase criminal behaviour by ag firms in the Amazon.
Cattle ranching driving deforestation in Colombian protected area
Monday, February 19th, 2018
Satellite imagery analysed by MAAP indicates that deforestation within La Paya is driven by cattle ranching. Cleared forests show large pasture areas, fencing, worn cattle paths and even herds of cows.
Nearly 60,000 ha of forests Illegally cleared in northern Argentina last year, says Greenpeace
Monday, February 12th, 2018
According to Greenpeace, the main causes behind this deforestation were the expansion of the agricultural frontier – especially soy cultivation and cattle ranching – and forest fires.
Illegal deforestation hit big ag firms where it hurt – in the pocket
Friday, December 22nd, 2017
A new analysis of three major agricultural firms implicated in illegal deforestation reveals how it affected profitability, led to multi-billion dollar decline in market capitalisation and huge losses for investors.
Local government collusion with criminal gangs undermining Amazon protections, enforcement chief tells climate delegates
Thursday, November 16th, 2017
Collusion between local authorities and criminal gangs is exacerbating illegal deforestation in the Amazon, the head of environmental law enforcement in Brazil has told delegates at the COP 23 climate conference. His comments came two weeks after the latest series of assaults on agencies tasked with protecting the Brazilian Amazon.
Illegal deforestation drives dramatic rise in Brazilian emissions, eclipsing effects of recession
Tuesday, October 31st, 2017
Illegal deforestation drove the biggest increase in Brazilian greenhouse gas emissions for 13 years in 2016, despite a severe recession leading to lower emissions from nearly every sector save agriculture.
“Illegal” decree strips protection from area of forest the size of Belgium, used by Paraguayan President to authorise clearance on own ranch
Monday, October 30th, 2017
The President of Paraguay issued a potentially illegal decree freeing ranchers to accelerate the already catastrophically high rate of deforestation in the country’s Chaco region, then immediately used it to clear forest on his own ranch, an investigation by newspaper ABC Color has revealed.
Brazilian President cancels $1.5 billion of outstanding illegal deforestation fines
Thursday, October 26th, 2017
Brazil’s President has issued an executive order revoking 60 percent of outstanding environmental fines imposed on ranchers and agribusiness for illegally clearing forest on their land.
Most slaughterhouses in Brazilian Amazon operating without commitment to monitor their supply chains
Tuesday, September 26th, 2017
Over half of the slaughterhouses in the Brazilian Amazon are failing to monitor the farms that supply them with cattle, flooding domestic and international markets with beef of unknown origin from a country beleaguered by illegal ranching.
UK supermarkets found stocking beef linked to illegal deforestation in Brazil
Thursday, August 31st, 2017
A recent case study suggests the EU is failing in its promises to tackle its role in driving tropical forest destruction. British supermarket chains were found to be stocking corned beef from a firm fined millions of dollars for purchasing cattle reared on illegally deforested land in Brazil. Meanwhile, European imports of beef from the Latin American country are rising in lockstep with the deforestation rate.
Illicit cattle ranching drives 23 percent decline in Central America’s three biggest forest blocks
Monday, August 7th, 2017
The three largest forest blocks in Central America have shrunk by 23 percent in the past 15 years, almost entirely due to illegal cattle ranching, according to a forthcoming study by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
Inadequate enforcement enables illegalities to flourish in Brazil’s beef supply chain
Thursday, July 27th, 2017
Cattle from illegally deforested land plays a significant role in Brazil’s domestic beef supply chain, as an absence of clear tracking data enables ranchers to move cattle from illegal land to legally registered properties shortly before selling them to slaughter houses.
Rollback of environmental protections stokes violence in the Brazilian Amazon
Monday, July 24th, 2017
The rollback of environmental protections in Brazil continued through July, with campaigners warning that the changes encourage land grabs, illegal deforestation, and violence against activists and enforcement officials.