Following Minerva’s acquisition of its competitor JBS’s Paraguayan subsidiary in 2017, the Brazilian food group went from a 19% share of Paraguayan beef exports in 2016 to a 41% share in 2018. Trase data suggest that Minerva sources much of its beef from the Chaco region, which has been experiencing intensive deforestation, largely driven by cattle ranching. This is due in part to the fact that the company’s Paraguayan subsidiary, Frigomerc, owns an export-oriented slaughterhouse on the edge of the Chaco. In 2018, Trase estimates that the company’s exports accounted for almost 70% of all cattle deforestation risk among Paraguayan exporters. Minerva’s company zero-deforestation commitment only applies to the Amazon biome and its commitments with regard to slave labour, fraudulent land claims, violence and invasions of indigenous territory also only apply to products from Brazil.
5 Dec 2023
Commodity-driven deforestation and peatland loss emits more carbon than Germany
As all eyes turn to the climate talks at COP28, Trase quantifies the greenhouse gas emissions caused by deforestation and peatland degradation linked to countries’ production and consumption of beef, soy, palm oil and other commodities.
Brazilian beef exports and deforestation
The rate of deforestation and land conversion driven by the expansion of pasture for beef production in Brazil increased by 60% between 2016 and 2020, while the Amazon and Cerrado continue to be cleared despite zero-deforestation commitments made by beef producers.
10 Aug 2023
Supporting the EU deforestation regulation’s benchmarking system
Trase and Proforest have published recommendations for establishing a fair and effective risk benchmarking to underpin the EU deforestation regulation.
5 Jun 2023
How data can make the EU's deforestation regulation fair and workable
Many businesses are seeking clarity on how the EU deforestation regulation will be implemented, especially its proposed classification of countries by risk levels. The success of the law can be boosted by the EU closely engaging producing countries and using the best available deforestation data - including zooming in on regions within countries when considering risk.
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New guidance helps financial institutions grapple with deforestation due diligence
New guidance on deforestation due diligence by Global Canopy, Neural Alpha and SEI helps banks and investors identify, prevent and mitigate the risks of deforestation, conversion and associated human rights abuse in financial portfolios.
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