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23 Mar 2021

Brazil: Greenpeace launches report that links JBS, Marfrig and Minerva Foods to ranchers considered responsible for fires in Pantanal

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In a new report, , Greenpeace International has linked the major Brazilian meat processors JBS, Marfrig and Minerva to 15 cattle ranchers that satellite data indicate were responsible for setting fires in Pantanal region – the world’s largest contiguous wetland - in 2020. In the Pantanal, the land claims overlap with about 28% of Indigenous lands and 58% of public conservation units. About 80% of the region is reportedly managed as cattle ranches. The 15 ranchers were linked directly or indirectly in 2018–2019 to at least 14 meat processing facilities owned by JBS, Marfrig and Minerva which trade globally. Direct trade links have been identified from one or more of these 14 facilities to customers including Burger King and McDonald’s, Danish Crown Group, Nestlé, Brazil’s Pão de Açúcar supermarket chain (a member of the French Casino Group), Carrefour and, reportedly, Walmart.