Amazon Rainforest sees deforestation down 31%

This would be due to an increase in fines on farms

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Amazon Rainforest sees deforestation down 31%

According to data released by Brazilian environmental authorities, deforestation in the Amazon Rainfores would be down by 31%. This percentage (and, if true, excellent news) due to the increase in fines and embargoes on farms.

Deforestation in the Amazon fell 31 percent between January and May this year compared to the same period in 2022, according to the National Institute for Space Research's Real-Time Deforestation Tracking System. In the first five months of the year, deforestation alerts indicated 1,986 sq km affected, up from 2,867 sq km recorded in 2022.

Rodrigo Agostinho, director of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, the decline in deforestation is due to a significant increase in fines and embargoes on farms made this year.

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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.