The Amazon Rainforest has lost 800 million trees since 2019, destroyed to make way for intensive pastures, above all, allowing large industries to produce large quantities of meat. The data comes from a dossier on the origins of deforestation linked to trade produced by AidEnvironment.
The data was verified and published by an investigative journalism task force. The numbers listed come from a joint survey between The Boureau of Investigative Journalism, the international organization of investigative journalism, The Guardian, Réporter Brasil and Forbidden Stories.
We recall that The Bruno and Dom Project, the journalist investigation carried out in the Amazon by Bruno Pereira and Don Phillips, has led to dramatic results. The two were killed last year for having managed to uncover the big deal behind the deforestation of the Amazon to facilitate the export of Brazilian beef all over the world.
Deforestation continues to favor grazing especially of cattle. More than 17,000 square meters of rainforest around the slaughterhouse ranches for meat destined for both Europe and China have been lost. The factories for slaughtering and exporting meat arose in the period from 2019 to 2022, under the presidency of Jair Bolsonaro.
According to the Guardian, more than 2,000 hectares of forest would have been destroyed on a single ranch between 2018 and 2021. From here, almost 500 head of cattle would have been sold to JBS, although the latter wanted to recall that relations with the farm had already been interrupted following some irregularities identified by the same meat exporting company.
The anti-human trafficking in pasture-raised animals connected to all of this is even more horrifying. Animals from a deforestation ranch are trucked to a different farm before slaughter, disguising where they came from. German MEP, Delara Burkhardt explained: "The destruction of the Amazon is not just a Brazilian affair.
It is a matter for the European Union, the United Kingdom or China. And I hope that the new European law against imported deforestation is a model to follow for other major importers such as China." Alex Wijeratna, director of Mighty Earth, the world organization that deals with the defense of the planet's ecosystem, said: "But do we realize what is happening in the Amazon? In this way we risk reaching a point of no return.
" Most of the meat industries are part of the three largest exporters of Basilian beef: JBS, Marfrig and Minerva. And all three, of course, deny any involvement in the widespread and merciless practice of deforestation. 13 JBS meat plants were connected to ranches where logging and fires had occurred.
Furthermore, the Guardian said that in slaughterhouses belonging to all three of Brazil's big meat exporters in the Amazon, more than $5 billion worth of meat was processed in 2022 alone. Big brands were also involved in the investigation, such as Nestlé, Tönnies, Lidl and Aldi.