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.

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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.

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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.

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Brazilian authorities bust corruption scheme behind “extensive” illegal deforestation for cattle in the Amazon

Friday, May 17th, 2019

Brazilian authorities have arrested more than a dozen law enforcement agents and cattle ranchers over corruption, money laundering and illegal deforestation in the Amazon. The criminal group is also accused of land grabbing and violent acts against local residents.

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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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