European supermarkets including Casino, Carrefour and
Albert Heijn are selling meat products linked to deforestation and human rights
violations to unwitting consumers, and the EU plans to increase the number of
destructive products on supermarket shelves with the proposed EU-Mercosur trade
deal, reveals a report
released today by
Repórter Brasil and Friends of the Earth Europe.
The EU is a key
importer of meat and agricultural products from four Brazilian meat
multinationals that are all linked to deforestation, biodiversity loss, forced
labour and the violation of rights of indigenous people.
The products from these
multinationals are already being sold by major European retailers including
Casino, Carrefour, Aldi, Albert Heijn and Tesco.
EU-Mercosur trade deal will increase exports from these multinationals and
exacerbate the abuses and environmental impact in their supply chains.
This is happening while
deforestation skyrockets and Brazil rolls back legislation to protect the
environment and human rights.
multinationals have failed to monitor and end human rights and environmental
violations in their supply chain for over a decade.
Friends of the Earth Europe calls on the EU to drop
the EU-Mercosur trade deal and introduce binding legislation to hold
transnational corporations accountable for harms in their supply chains.
Audrey Changoe, trade and investment campaigner for
Friends of the Earth Europe said:
“Brazilian industrial meat production has been driving deforestation,
biodiversity loss and violations of the rights of workers and indigenous
communities for decades, and a new trade deal with Europe will only make this
worse. European supermarkets are already selling the products of these corrupt
and unsustainable supply chains to unwitting consumers. An EU-Mercosur trade
deal will increase meat imports and lock us on the path to environmental
Lucia Ortiz, President of Friends of the Earth Brazil,
trade deal is based on an outdated and failed neoliberal model of trade that
only serves to increase the economic and political power of big corporations at
the expense of human rights, the environment and public health. No minor tweaks
or amendments will fix this – the entire deal must be scrapped and a new trade
system must be built based on cooperation and solidarity and the real needs of
the people affected.”