Several dozen major European supermarket chains threaten to boycott Brazilian products if that country continues to cut down jungle forests. The supermarkets say they will stop buying Brazilian products if the country goes ahead with controversial legislation.
President Bolsonaro wants to legalize illegally logged bosgebieden. Despite protests, parts of the Amazon are still being cut down for the large-scale cultivation of soybeans for the global food and feed industry, causing the earth to warm even faster.
The letter is signed by German, Dutch, English, French and Swedish supermarkets such as Lidl, Aldi, Albert Heijn, Marks & Spencer, Co-op, Metro, Migros, Cranswick and Skandia.
The letter has already generated a significant amount of publicity worldwide, including prominence in BBC news and online, leading the signatories to hope it will add pressure to Brazil.
A similar letter was sent last year in anticipation of the expected introduction of the controversial bill, but the bill was then withdrawn. The letter urges the Brazilian government to reconsider its proposal.
Under the rule of President Jair Bolsonaro, deforestation in the Amazon is the highest since 2008. This year, about 430,000 hectares of the Amazon have been cleared or burned. “If nature conservation measures are compromised, we have no choice but to rethink our use of Brazil's agricultural commodity supply chain,” the letter concludes.