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Brazil: meat processors want to sign agreement against deforestation


Entwurfamazonas_obs_LTM_Panometer Leipzig BRASILIA (Dow Jones) – Brazilian Ministry of PR and several major Brazilian meat processor will sign this week an agreement on rules of conduct (Rules of Conduct) on illegal deforestation in the Amazon state of Mato Grosso. (Photo: obs / LTM)

Although the legally enforceable codes of conduct have not been officially signed, as have major meat processor JBS SA and Marfrig the terms already agreed, said a spokesman of the Ministry of Dow Jones Newswires.

Marfrig will, therefore, the Agreement on 18 May sign. The company buys a monthly average of 3,000 cattle from the Amazon region. The new guidelines provide, inter alia, independent audits and more stringent requirements for the traceability of beef in Mato Grosso.

The Rules of Conduct to be negotiated in Mato Grosso, which is struggling with one of the highest rates of deforestation in the Amazon, has for six months, Tatiana de Carvalho said Greenpeace. The new agreements are the latest move in the fight against the deforestation of the rainforest, which is attributed to the cattle industry. Since Brazil is the world’s largest beef exporter, is preparing the issue of rainforest destruction in meat processors worried because they fear a slump in sales at home and abroad if the cattle industry is blamed for the deforestation.

Large retail companies such as Carrefour and Wal-Mart had already boycotted Brazilian beef in 2009 after Greenpeace accused the beef industry to be in the course of pasture harvesting for the rain forest deforestation is responsible. Other Brazilian states such as Para already had agreements to combat illegal deforestation, de Carvalho said in conclusion.

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