Stripping back of environmental protections could greenwash illegal commodities in the Brazilian Amazon
Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017
Environmental enforcement agencies are being downsized and proposals have been tabled to reduce the size of protected areas by more than 30,000 square miles. Campaigners have described the plans as the biggest rollback of forest protections in two decades.
80 per cent increase in deforestation in Brazilian conservation units linked to agribusiness and cuts to enforcement
Monday, April 24th, 2017
A recent study by the Brazilian environmental NGO Imazon has revealed that deforestation within conservation units in the Brazilian Amazon increased by 80% between 2012 and 2015, compared to a 35% increase in deforestation generally. A total of 237,000 hectares of forest was cleared within parks and other protected areas during the period 2012-2015, leading to the loss of 136 million trees.
Operation reveals that most large farms in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest are guilty of illegal deforestation
Tuesday, April 11th, 2017
Farmers have illegally cleared over 1,350 hectares of Atlantic Forest for agriculture and cattle ranching in the southern Brazilian state of Paraná. The organisation SOS Mata Atlântica reported that, of the 241 large farms that were inspected, 222 had committed some kind of illegality. It claimed that the authorities registered a total of 94 illegalities directly related to deforestation within the properties.
World’s largest beef producer fined after buying cattle raised on illegally deforested land in Brazil
Monday, March 27th, 2017
JBS, the world’s largest beef producer, has bought livestock raised in illegally deforested areas in the state of Para, according to a recent investigation by IBAMA, the Brazilian environment agency. Greenpeace has cut ties with the company, a pioneer of ‘zero deforestation’ pledges, as a result.
Brazilian criminal deforestation network still active despite arrests and embargo
Monday, March 20th, 2017
Members of a sophisticated criminal gang arrested last year for clearing 30,000 hectares of public forest in Brazil are not in prison, are yet to be given a trial date, and are still fattening cattle on the land they illegally occupied.
Regulators collude with farmers to legalise illegal plots within indigenous reservation in Brazil
Saturday, March 18th, 2017
An indigenous people forced by government inaction to defend their land from illegal invaders have discovered a video which shows the same public officials charged with protecting their rights colluding with the land grabbers and loggers they had been fighting against.
Brazilian presidential decree “a Christmas present to land grabbers”
Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
New analysis published by the NGO Imazon has found that the downgrading of protection for a huge area of rainforest last December was “a Christmas present to land grabbers”, which will encourage them to continue to illegally occupy land throughout the Amazon.
Soy farmers abuse agrarian reform to bulldoze forests in Mato Grosso
Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
According to local settlers ithe Gleba Mercedes’ collective reserve has been illegally cleared by soy farmers using the correntão – a 100-metre long chain pulled by tractors that knocks down all forest in its path.
Brazilian state redirects smallholder land to big ag
Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
Land in Brazil’s least developed state is being illegally redistributed to large-scale agribusiness, threatening a wave of deforestation, according to a farmers’ rights group.
False documents facilitate illegal sale of land in Brazilian indigenous reserve
Monday, February 13th, 2017
Deforestation of an indigenous reserve in the Brazilian state of Rondonia has intensified after false documents were allegedly drawn up to illegally sell off pockets of land for agriculture.
Greenpeace denounces amnesty to illegal cattle ranchers in Brazil’s Jamanxim National Forest
Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
The Brazilian government has watered-down the protection afforded to Jamanxim, in a move Greenpeace describes as a further amnesty for people illegal clearing rainforest.
Hacking, wiretaps, slavery and money laundering: How agents and indigenous people busted a massive Bad Ag gang in Brazil
Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
Until his arrest earlier this year, one of the biggest forest destroyers in the history of the Amazon operated a large and sophisticated criminal network from his base in Sao Paulo’s upper class neighbourhood of Jardins.
Thousands of fires linked to agriculture wreak havoc in Amazon
Monday, November 28th, 2016
Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research finds proliferation of illegal fires in 2016 and ascribes blame to cattle ranchers and agriculture.