Publications & Insight
How local rights can halt global wrongs: the legal path to sustainable farming in Brazil
Agricultural expansion is devastating the world’s forests.
In Brazil the levelling of forests to grow soy to feed an insatiable export market has also led to human rights violations, including forced evictions, land grabs and...
Return of the trees
To have a fair chance of limiting global temperature rise to a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius, it will be necessary to remove at least 500 billion tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere. The best way to do this is to work with local...
Sacrificing South America’s forests on the altar of EU market access
The first trade talks between the European Union and the Mercosur bloc of nations - Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay – began almost 20 years ago. Since then they have stuttered through 28 rounds of negotiations, but this...
Blog: How can EU policies halt deforestation?
In the five years between 2010 and 2015, EU consumption raized an area of forests the size of Portugal. In 2012 alone, the EU imported EUR 6 billion of soy, palm, leather, and beef produced on forests illegally converted to...
Blog: Trading in incoherence? EU trade policy needs improving to give forests, communities and the climate a fair chance
When it comes to global trade, it is difficult to overestimate the EU’s importance. It is the world’s second largest importer (after the US), and the second largest exporter (after China), and has an overall share of world trade...
EU consumption of soy and deforestation
Soy is the second largest agricultural driver of deforestation after cattle products (with agriculture responsible for about 70 per cent of all deforestation). According to a 2013 study for the European Commission, soy expansion...
Agriculture and deforestation - Summary Report
The EU Common Agricultural Policy, soy, and forest destructionProposals for reform - SUMMARYThe biggest cause of forest loss – accounting for around 70 per cent – is agricultural deforestation, notably for beef, soy, palm oil and...
Agriculture and deforestation
This page presents our report on the link between the EU Common Agricultural Policy, soy, and forest destruction. To know more about the broader links between agriculture and deforestation, please visit 'What are the causes of...
The EU’s hunger for soy is causing destruction in Brazil. Here’s how it can be stopped.
Delegates from across the world are gathering in Brasilia this week for the Annual General Assembly of the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, a global coalition of governments, NGOs and companies, who aim to tackle the destruction of...
Lifting of ban on Brazilian beef linked to deforestation commitment
On 30 June 2015 the US announced that it had ended its 15-year ban on importing Brazilian beef: a decision that prompted glee among Brazilian exporters, who said they hoped to capture 10 per cent of the lucrative US market in the...