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Supermarket suppliers 'helping to destroy Amazon rainforest'

Meat companies sued over Amazon deforestation.
Accused firms supplying Tesco, Asda and M&S.

David Adam, environment correspondent
The Guardian, Sunday 21 June 2009

A three-year survey by Greenpeace shows that western demand for beef and leather and an increase in cattle ranching is leading to intensified deforestation in the Amazon.

Brazilian authorities investigating illegal deforestation have accused the suppliers of several UK supermarkets of selling meat linked to massive destruction of the Amazon rainforest. Brazilian firms that supply Tesco, Asda and Marks & Spencer are among dozens of companies named by prosecutors, who are seeking hundreds of millions of pounds in compensation.


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Last Modified - 8th October 2009

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