Across Latin America, the mighty Amazon rainforest and other critical ecosystems are falling victim to unchecked agricultural development. Even though better use of existing cropland and degraded lands could feed the world and maintain forests that act as a critical buffer against climate change, large agribusinesses – especially those producing and trading soy, used for animal feed — continue to the allow the destruction of these ecosystems.
To tackle this issue, we set out to convince the world’s largest grain traders to adopt sustainability standards that would protect these special places. We launched an on-the-ground investigation to identify new and recent ‘burn’ sites, talked to neighbors and farmers, matched field visits to satellite mapping and supply chain analysis, and published our results in partnership with Mighty Earth. The ensuing reports – The Ultimate Mystery Meat, Still at It and The Avoidable Crisis – linked agribusiness giants Cargill, Bunge, and other top meat retailers to rampant deforestation in Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. These reports were just the start. We’re continuing to campaign for the world’s largest agribusinesses to enforce No Deforestation policies and improve their sustainable practices.