Supermarkets Linked To Destruction Of Amazon Rainforest

Britain’s major supermarkets have been accused of contributing to the destruction of the Amazon rainforest in a new report by environmental campaigners Greenpeace .
Following a three-year investigation into the Brazilian cattle industry, Greenpeace named and shamed a number of high-profile food and fashion companies which it claims source beef and leather from farms in Brazil that are involved in illegal deforestation in the Amazon region.
It claims the expansion of the cattle industry in the Amazon is the single biggest cause of deforestation in the world.
The ‘Slaughtering the Amazon’ report highlights a long list of household brand names, including supermarkets Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys, Morrisons and Marks and Spencer, as retailers which import beef from Brazil .
Greenpeace called on UK retailers to abandon their trade with Brazilian suppliers who do not commit to cleaning up their supply chains and support a moratorium on all deforestation for cattle ranching.
Pat Venditti, forest campaign coordinator at Greenpeace International said: “Companies worldwide must ensure that their supply chains are not caught up in this destructive industry. They must support climate protection by pulling out of deforestation.”
Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons and Marks and Spencer all refute the claims made by Greenpeace .
A Tesco spokesperson said: “Our corned beef is sourced from Brazil but this comes from Sao Paolo which is around 3,000km from the Amazon. We are not currently taking any other beef from Brazil .
Sainsbury’s said it used a small amount of Brazilian beef in its frozen and canned range, while Morrisons said its suppliers provided documents to prove beef was not linked to Amazon deforestation.