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Greenpeace investigation claims

Leading supermarket brands such as Cathedral City Chaders, Cadbury Chocolate, Anchor. Butter, Linked to the “destruction of large parts of Brazil’s forests” through the use of Country Life Butter and David Steve Chader. Field Which feeds soybeans sold by a controversial supplier.

A group of British farms, which sells their milk to these companies, is the source of some of it. Animal feed From companies that buy Brazilian soybeans exported by the American grain giant Cargill, Investigation By Green peace, ITV And the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Claims.

He allegedly revealed a complex soybean supply chain that connects the British. Milk Fields of “environmental catastrophe” thousands of miles away in Brazil. Amazon. And the area of ​​Cerrado.

Both regions are already at risk of further fire. DeforestationTo make mostly agricultural land.

The Cerrado region, where most of Brazil’s soybeans grow, is home to 5% of the world’s plant and animal species, while the Amazon contains 10% of all known species.

The investigation found that soybeans from forest land were being mixed into certified beans and eventually fed to dairy cattle in the UK.

The team said Grupo Schaefer, one of Brazil’s suppliers in Kargil, has been responsible for a number of environmental damage incidents, including clearing large parts of the tropical forest.

A reporting team on land in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso also found that the recent deforestation involved a soybean farmer who sells to a groupo Schaefer.

The team said that although they had managed to identify some well-known brands, there could be many more British dairy products linked to deforestation in Brazil.

Anna Jones of Greenpeace UK said: “Many people will be surprised to hear that their cheese and butter is linked to deforestation on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. And yet Brazil’s forests and other important The vast majority of ecosystems are being harvested to grow tons and tons of soy, which is then fed to chickens, pigs and dairy cows in the UK.

“The global meat and dairy industry is fueling climate and nature emergencies, and needs to be stopped.

A few days after the Glasgow Climate Summit, Boris Johnson should seize the opportunity to end deforestation in the UK supply chain. It should have a strong deforestation law according to meteorology and a strategy to reduce meat and milk. This will set a clear standard for world leaders.

In a statement, Kargil said: “We take this type of complaint against a supplier very seriously; Kargil has worked tirelessly to build a more sustainable soybean supply chain.

Arla Foods, which makes anchor butter, crondel milk, and ASDA farmers’ milk, said: “Arla and dairy farmers who own our cooperative are taking steps to handle our soybean use responsibly. Since 2014, we have purchased RTRS Credits (Standard for Responsible Soy Production) to cover the use of soy in the feed and these ingredients on Arla Malik’s farms. [are] Not already verified. ”

Saputo, who owns the David Stodder, said. Free: From early 2022, our David Stow Farm Standard will order that all farms that supply Saputo Dairy UK to David Stow Creamery must obtain feed from suppliers with a sustainable soybean policy. Until two years before the introduction of this new policy, we purchased RTRS Soy Credit, the proceeds of which RTRS uses to support producers who grow soy responsibly.

“As part of our commitment to get 100% of our core components from sustainable sources, we will continue to engage with farmers in an effort to transform the industry into more sustainable ways.”

A Mondelez spokesman said: Free“Elimination of deforestation is essential to protecting the local ecosystems that farmers need to produce sustainable raw materials.”

“That’s why we’re working with manufacturers to promote sustainable business practices, and we’re urging the UK government to legislate for mandatory reporting across the supply chain, so that we Deforestation such as soybeans can be a source.

As part of our commitment to tackling deforestation, we have made it clear that we expect all our UK diary suppliers to work with us and ensure that under the agreement they By 2023, deforestation is getting free feed.

Every year, the British dairy industry imports approximately 360,000 tons of soy from other countries, including Brazil, Argentina and the United States, Greenpeace said.

But that volume is even lower than the poultry sector’s soybean consumption, making dairy farms the second largest consumer of soybean feed in the UK.

Kargil controls about 70% of the UK soybean market. The company sends more than 100,000 tons of soybeans to the UK each year from the Cerrado region of Brazil alone.

Free All designated companies have been contacted for comment.

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