Major European Grocers Threaten to Boycott Brazil

By Sheridan Fifer

Major European grocers are determined to make the Brazilian legislature reconsider a bill legalizing private occupation of public land, a bill they say could lead to a sharp increase in deforestation of the Amazon, which is already at a high level. Aldi, Lidl, Tesco, Sainsbury's, and Asda are among the retailers threatening to boycott Brazilian agricultural products should the bill become law. The letter signed by these retailers calls the Amazon "essential to the security of our planet" and says that the legal protections of public land in Brazil are critical to existing business relationships, which would have to be reconsidered in the event that those protections were removed. 

Brazil is the single biggest exporter of agricultural products to the European Union, according to the European Commission.

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