Brazil: Cows are the ultimate killer of both the land and its traditional peoples

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Cattle ranching is the biggest cause of deforestation, not only in the Amazon, but worldwide. The report reveals that the Brazilian government is a silent partner in these crimes by providing loans to and holding shares in the three biggest players – Bertin, JBS and Marfrig – that are driving expansion into the Amazon rainforest.

Please value the writer & producer of these words by paying a visit to: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/jun/08/amazon-brazil-deforestation-lula

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Read about all forest issues in Brazil: http://forestpolicyresearch.com/category/latin-american-tree-news-2/brazil/

Greenpeace is now about to enter into negotiations with many of the companies that have either found their supply chain and products contaminated with Amazon leather and beef or who are buying from companies implicated in Amazon deforestation – big brands such as Adidas, Clarks, Nike, Timberland and most of the major UK supermarkets. Meanwhile, back in Brazil, the federal prosecutor in Para state has announced legal action against farms and slaughterhouses that have acted outside of the law. It has sent warning letters to Brazilian companies buying and profiting from the destruction. Bertin and JBS are in the firing line – companies part-owned by the Brazilian government.

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Lula’s decision to fund the cattle ranching industry with public money makes no sense when its expansion threatens the very deforestation reduction targets that Lula champions. The laws now waiting for his approval will represent a free ride for illegal loggers and cattle ranchers. It is clear that Brazil now faces a choice about what sort of world leader it wants to be – part of the problem or part of the solution.

Please value the writer & producer of these words by paying a visit to: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/jun/08/amazon-brazil-deforestation-lula

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Read about all forest issues in Brazil: http://forestpolicyresearch.com/category/latin-american-tree-news-2/brazil/


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