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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Indigenous communities face violence from agribusiness in Argentina

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Members of the Yaki Cachi Bajo Hondo indigenous community have suffered harassment, threats and violent attacks by armed groups connected to agribusiness interests in the north of the country.

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