Brazilian beef industry moves to reduce its destruction of rain forests

MADISON, Wis. — Expansion of cattle pastures has led to the destruction of huge swaths of rain forest in Brazil, home to the world’s largest herd of commercial beef cattle. But a new study led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Holly Gibbs shows that market-driven “zero deforestation agreements” have dramatically influenced the behavior of ranchers and the slaughterhouses to

European Commission agrees to use social progress tool alongside GDP

The Social Progress Index, now used by the European Commission, considers social and environmental indicators to measure a country’s success In a breakthrough for campaigners seeking a more holistic approach to measuring the health of nations, the European Commission has committed to integrating social and environmental considerations into the heart of its economic decision making.

A new tool for better land management in the Brazilian Amazon

To Edilberto Poggi, the issue isn’t whether to stop the illegal deforestation of the Amazon and better manage the land resources—the need to do that is clear to him. The real question is how this can be done using the laws already on the books and the resources that are available to him and his colleagues. Sitting

Google-powered map helps fight deforestation

Global Forest Watch, a mapping platform supported by Google, is using technology to keep a closer eye on the planet’s forests he forestry website Mongabay recently reported that United Cacao, a London-listed company that promises to produce ethical, sustainable chocolate, had “quietly cut down more than 2,000 hectares of primary, closed-canopy rainforest” in the Peruvian

Study shows Brazil’s Soy Moratorium still needed to preserve Amazon

By Kelly April Tyrrell Soybeans grow near a forested area in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso. Under the SoyMoratorium, major trading companies do not purchase soybeans produced in the BrazilianAmazon on recently deforested areas.Credit: Lisa Rausch Today, fewer chicken nuggets can trace their roots to cleared Amazon rain forest. In 2006, following a report from Greenpeace

Reducing tax evasion could help save the Amazon

Taxing underutilized land in the Amazon could conserve forests, boost productivity, and alleviate poverty, argues study. Cracking down on tax evasion and taxing unused land would help slow deforestation for land speculation in the Brazilian Amazon, argues a new report published by Imazon. The report, O potencial do Imposto Territorial Rural contra o desmatamento especulativo na

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