Brazil Meatpackers Suspending Some Cattle PurchasesMon, 26 Jul 2010 17:54:56 CDT
Last year - Brazil's three largest meatpackers signed pacts to change their practices after Greenpeace released its "Slaughtering the Amazon" report exposing links between cattle ranching in the Amazon region and deforestation. Now - according Greenpeace - the meatpackers have suspended cattle purchases from as many as 221 ranches located on indigenous land, conservation areas or near recently-deforested areas in the Amazon.
The AE Brazil Newswire quotes Greenpeace campaign coordinator Marcio Astrini as saying the initiative shows that meatpackers understood - in a clear and definitive way - consumers' environmental concern message. Astrini also says that by the end of the year a much larger number of ranches will be excluded from the companies' cattle supplier list.
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