As EU demand for soy grows, illegal deforestation gathers pace in northern Argentina
Tuesday, January 8th, 2019
Despite a political backlash, illegal deforestation, driven by growing soy and beef production for international markets, has continued to gather pace in northern Argentina. Earthsight’s research shows that EU consumption of Argentinian soy increased by 40 percent in the five years to 2017.
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.
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?
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.
Ahead of highly anticipated elections, report highlights how global markets help sustain the enormous political power of the agribusiness lobby in Brazil’s congress
Tuesday, September 25th, 2018
A damning report by Amazon Watch has shed light on the commercial links between European and US companies and agribusinesses in Brazil connected to illegalities and the powerful rural lobby in the country’s congress. According to the report, the bancada ruralista – a cross-party political caucus of federal deputies and senators who promote the interests of agribusinesses in congress – has actively worked to benefit the agroindustrial sector in Brazil while undermining environmental protections and indigenous rights, and offering amnesties to land grabbers and illegal deforesters.
Zero deforestation commitments failing to stem illegal deforestation in Brazil, study finds
Friday, August 31st, 2018
Weakened environmental standards, a lapse in law enforcement, and low levels of compliance with zero deforestation commitments led to the loss of more than 90,000 hectares of forest in the Amazon, according to an analysis by the Brazilian environmental watchdog Imazon.
Beef firm at centre of Brazilian corruption scandal channelled $1.7bn through tax havens
Wednesday, August 29th, 2018
The biggest companies involved in trading commodities driving deforestation in Brazil are channelling money through tax havens, inflating their profits and preventing greater scrutiny of their operations, according to a paper in Nature.
Major ag traders fined for buying grain from illegally deforested land in Cerrado
Tuesday, July 24th, 2018
Cargill and Bunge have been fined by the Brazilian authorities for buying grain from illegally deforested areas in the Cerrado.
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.
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.
Greenpeace alleges political collusion behind illegal deforestation for soy cultivation in northern Argentina
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018
Greenpeace has accused Alejandro Jaime Braun Peña, a politically-connected businessman, of illegally clearing a native forest in the province of Salta for soy cultivation.
Agribusiness responsible for bulk of offshore companies set up by Bolivian firms, Panama Papers investigation finds
Monday, November 20th, 2017
A new Panama Papers investigation has revealed that the Bolivian agribusiness sector, long plagued by illegalities, has made extensive use of offshore accounts to avoid paying taxes.
Huge ag investments by Africa’s richest man threaten expansion of illegal deforestation in Nigeria
Monday, July 17th, 2017
A corporation led by Africa’s richest man, which is already involved in the alleged illegal conversion of some of Nigeria’s few remaining areas of dense natural forest, has announced plans for a huge expansion of agricultural plantations in the country.
Fires rage in Bolivia as illegal deforestation for beef and soy continues to surge
Thursday, April 27th, 2017
New data on land fires in Bolivia indicates that the surge in illegal forest conversion for large-scale commercial agriculture and cattle ranching seen since 2012 is accelerating. But despite this rapidly deteriorating situation, deforestation in Bolivia continues to receive scant international attention.
Parliament resolves to tackle EU’s role in driving illegal deforestation through imports of agro-commodities
Friday, April 21st, 2017
On 4th April, the EU Parliament passed a ‘Resolution’ calling for action by the world’s largest economic bloc to urgently address tropical deforestation, including regulations to address the EU’s role in driving the destruction through its imports of agricultural commodities grown on illegally deforested land.