Compelling new evidence shows the EU’s entanglement with illegal deforestation for soy and cattle farming in Brazil –Fern

Since taking office in January 2019, President Jair Bolsonaro has waged a relentless campaign against Brazil’s environmental laws and the rights of its Indigenous Peoples.

 

This assault helped paved the way for the fires that tore through the Amazon last summer; the highest year on year increase in deforestation in the Amazon for a quarter of a century; a surge in violent land conflicts of almost a quarter, and a record number of murders of Indigenous Peoples. More than half of the conflicts are concentrated in the Amazon region, according to the Pastoral Land Commission, and more than 100,000 people have been affected.

 

Deeper trade ties

This destruction is largely driven by agricultural expansion - particularly for soy and beef production. So those countries who import these commodities from Brazil bear a responsibility for the deepening disaster.  

 

Chief among them, are Member States of the European Union (EU). The EU is Brazil’s second biggest trading partner, the second biggest market for Brazilian soy, and a major importer of Brazilian beef.  

 

These economic ties are set to deepen, following the conclusion last June of the Mercosur Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the EU and Brazil and other South American countries. The deal – which will allow the import of 90,000 tonnes beef without tariffs into the EU each year – will fuel further agricultural expansion, and wreak greater havoc in Brazil. Brazil is also seeking a similar deal with the United Kingdom in the wake of Brexit.

 

As evidence of the Bolsonaro government’s environmental and social crimes has mounted, so has opposition in Europe to the Mercosur deal, with the Austrian, Walloon and Netherlands parliaments all rejecting it in its current form.

 

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