Global brands’ zero-deforestation pledges prove hollow as 50 million hectares of forest vanish

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

An area twice the size of the UK has been cleared for agribusiness globally since 2010 as illegal cultivation practices of multinational firms add to forest destruction.

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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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Bolivia approves GM soy cultivation for biofuel use, stoking fears of more illegal forest loss

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

Bolivia is to persist with an alarming upward trend of forest loss, more than 50% of which was illegal in 2017, after the government authorised cultivation of genetically modified soy for biofuel production.

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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.

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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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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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