Large British and European supermarkets and food manufacturers threatened on Wednesday (5) Ignoring products from Brazil due to a bill that could lead to further deforestation of the Amazon rainforest.
In an open letter to Brazilian congressmen, the 38-member panel said it would consider the presentation in PL 510/21 in April. Related to the regulation of the occupation of public lands.
Based on this proposal, MP. 910 is a revision of the text – which was discussed in 2019 but lost its validity because it was not voted on by the May deadline – and PL 2,633 / 2020. The same committee opposed these plans.
Cases where self-declaration is accepted Expanded, the evidence of which no longer visits, but in the distance, the use of satellite surveillance and investigation only in cases of condemnation.
This increased the deadline for regulating occupations, especially in the legal Amazon.
The signatories say these plans exist “Bigger threats to Amazon than ever before”.
The group was made up of large British supermarket chains such as Tesco, J. Sainsbury, Marx & Spencer, as well as Aldi of Germany.
The list also includes food production companies such as the National Pig Association, the Swedish Public Pension Fund AP7 and other investment managers.
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The text of the bill reads “Land regulation by alienating or granting real ownership of territories within the Union territory; it establishes May 25, 2012 when the Forest Code was amended”.
In addition, “it expands the regulated area to 2,500 hectares; there is no need to inspect before regularization and it can be modified by a notice”.
Condemn the signatories of the open letter, saying, “Over the past year, we have seen a series of wildfires and deforestation in Brazil.”
The signatories declared that if the “existing protections” in Brazilian law disappeared They have “no choice but to reconsider our support and use of the supply chain for Brazilian agricultural products”.
P.L. There is no prediction of when s will be voted on. This month, 40 German parliamentarians sent a letter to congressional leaders urging them to reject three bills that would increase deforestation and violence against indigenous peoples in Brazil.
The proposal for land regulation is one-third of the proposal to regulate mining regulation on native lands and to change environmental licensing rules.
In 2019 and 2020, deforestation in the Amazon was 10,700 sq km and 9,800 km2, respectively, the highest level since 2008, according to official data.
Deforestation in the Amazon in 2020 was the highest in the last 10 years
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During a climate summit hosted by US President Joe Biden on April 22, President Jair Bolzano said Brazil would seek carbon neutrality by 2050.