Study reveals a fifth of EU soy imports from Brazil could be tainted by deforestation

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A fifth of EU soy imports from Brazil may come from land illegally deforested, according to a recent study published in the journal Science. However, the report didn’t name the companies or farms implicated in deforestation.

Sources said the research is also likely to open the door for both international companies and Brazilian law enforcement agencies to pinpoint specific farms violating rules against Amazon deforestation, as per study coauthor Raoni Rajao. The research team also found that 17% of Brazil’s beef exports to the EU are linked to deforestation.

It is to be noted that Brazil is on track to become the world’s biggest soybean exporter by 2029, according to the OECD and the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.