Bad beef: UK supermarkets feed illegal deforestation fears as corned beef imports from corruption-hit Brazilian firm persist

Sunday, May 5th, 2019

Sainsbury’s, Asda, Lidl and Carrefour are among the international brands potentially fueling illegal deforestation in Brazil’s cattle industry as they continue to stock corned beef from a firm implicated in numerous environmental and human rights abuses.

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Europe must not be complicit in Bolsonaro’s attacks on forests, NGO coalition says

Monday, April 15th, 2019

On 10 April, marking 100 days since far-right President Jair Bolsonaro came to power, Fern published a briefing – endorsed by 25 international organisations – calling on the EU and its member states to guarantee they will not be complicit in Bolsonaro’s dismantling of environmental protections in Brazil.

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French retailers failing to comply with due diligence law for soy imports, NGOs say

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

Some of France’s leading soy buying firms – including big brands like Burger King, E.Leclerc and Lidl – are failing to adequately monitor their supply chains in Latin America despite a due diligence law requiring them to do so, a new report from environmental groups has claimed. 

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Amazon deforestation continues to rise as prominent figures warn that Bolsonaro is seeking to turn indigenous people into slave labour for Big Ag

Monday, March 18th, 2019

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has continued to rise compared to a year ago, when forest loss had already reached decade-high levels. Since coming to power, President Jair Bolsonaro has taken controversial steps to undermine environmental and indigenous protections, an approach that has been compared to that of Brazil’s military dictatorship. Current efforts to legalise agribusiness activity on indigenous lands promise to unleash hard battles for the preservation of the Amazon.

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A quarter of Brazil’s new congress tainted by campaign donations from illegal deforesters

Monday, March 4th, 2019

A quarter of Brazil’s new congress have reportedly received electoral campaign donations from illegal deforesters or individuals implicated in slave labour, says a new investigation by Repórter Brasil. IDM’s own research reveals the details of the forest crimes committed by some of the donors.

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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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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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Battles over the future of protected areas in Rondonia provide a taste of the upcoming struggle to save native forests in Brazil

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Rondonia, one of Brazil’s most deforested Amazonian states, has been locked in a political and legal battle between its executive and legislative branches over the future of newly-created protected areas.

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Were deforestation and violence in election period a sign of things to come?

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

During Brazil’s latest electoral cycle the country’s media and civil society reported a series of attacks against indigenous leaders and environmental enforcement agencies, as well as an uptick in deforestation in the Amazon. Could these be manifestations of ordinary election fever or the first signs of a new offensive against Brazil’s forests and those who protect them?

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International investment driving land grabbing, human rights violations and environmental destruction in Brazilian Cerrado

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

A recent report by FIAN International and the Brazilian organisations Comissão Pastoral da Terra and Rede Social de Justiça e Direitos Humanos has drawn attention to the relationship between global finance, land grabbing and agribusiness expansion in one of Brazil’s most threatened biomes, the Cerrado.

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One of Brazil’s most important river basins under pressure from illegal cattle ranching, soy plantations and mining

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

Increasing levels of deforestation in the Xingu river basin in the Brazilian states of Pará and Mato Grosso have been connected to cattle ranching, soy plantations and gold mining. Much of this deforestation has been illegal and taken place within protected areas, according to analysis from a Brazilian conservation NGO.

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Authorities launch crackdown in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest after recent historical highs of forest loss

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

Brazil’s environmental enforcement agency and public prosecutors’ offices in 15 states have suspended the operations of plantations and issued millions of dollars in fines after deforestation reached record levels in the Atlantic Forest.

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