05 May '11, 6pm

Brazil's forest code debate may determine fate of the Amazon rainforest

Brazil's forest code debate may determine fate of the Amazon rainforest

World's largest beef company signs Amazon rainforest pact (04/29/2011) The world's largest meat processor has agreed to stop buying beef from ranches associated with slave labor and illegal deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, according to the public prosecutor's office in the state of Acre. The deal absolves JBS-Friboi from 2 billion reals ($1.3 billion) in potential fines and paves the way for the firm to continue selling meat to companies concerned about their environmental reputation. Brazilian authorities levy $1.2B in fines against beef traders linked to deforestation, slave labor (04/15/2011) Brazilian authorities are seeking 2 billion reals ($1.2 billion) in fines against 14 companies accused of buying beef sourced from ranches that have illegally cleared Amazon rainforest or exploited workers in the state of Acre, reports AFP. Concerns over deforestation may dri...

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