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11 May 2022

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Mirage News

Brazil: Activists block mega-ship bringing 60 million kilos of Brazilian soy to Amsterdam due to potential connection with deforestation and indigenous rights violations

© Marten van Dijl / Greenpeace / Greenpeace

"Why Greenpeace is blocking mega-ship bringing Brazilian soy to Netherlands", 11 May 2022

...Greenpeace volunteers from sixteen countries and Indigenous leaders from Brazil are taking part in a peaceful protest organised by Greenpeace Netherlands at the sea gate in IJmuiden, Amsterdam. Activists from all over Europe are blocking a mega-ship arriving with 60 million. kilos of soya from Brazil, demanding a strong new EU ‘anti-deforestation’ law...

Pasture for livestock and cropland for soy production have been identified as the two main drivers of deforestation worldwide.⁣ Through their high consumption, the countries of the EU are responsible for 16% of tropical deforestation linked to internationally traded commodities like meat, palm oil or soy...

Ships like the Crimson Ace can contain soy coming from wrecked ecosystems, where Indigenous People and traditional communities face conflicts over their land, and other violations (such as violent eviction).

A mounting body of evidence suggests that the expansion of meat and soy pushes deforestation and threatens the survival of Indigenous Peoples in Brazil. Industrial animal farming in European countries is co-responsible for this race for suitable land for soy, which in return pushes the cattle deeper into the rainforest and invades protected areas and Indigenous lands...

Political leaders must pass, monitor and enforce laws to protect the world’s forests and ecosystems to guarantee Indigenous and community land rights, all of which are vital to save the Amazon rainforest and the world’s climate...