Liviya James

Cargill and Bunge face escalating pressure to clean up supply chain

In the wake of Mighty Earth’s Ultimate Mystery Meat report, soy traders Bunge and Cargill are facing escalating pressure for supply chain reform from their customers, investors, and the public around the globe. In the investigation, Mighty Earth uncovered Bunge and Cargill driving massive deforestation across South America.

Bunge and Cargill, as well as other leading soy traders, are meeting in New York City on Tuesday to decide their response.

Leading up to the meeting, a growing coalition is demanding that these companies extend the highly successful Brazilian Amazon Soy Moratorium - an agreement to stop selling soy grown on newly deforested land that effectively eliminated soy deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon - to other ecosystems like the Bolivian Amazon Basin, Paraguay’s Chaco, and Brazil’s Cerrado, where deforestation is still occurring at a terrific pace.

Major global companies like McDonald’s, Walmart, and Carrefour, along with Bunge and Cargill competitors ADM, Louis Dreyfus, and Wilmar, are joining with investors representing more than half a trillion in assets under management and the Brazilian Environment Minister to support this extension of the Soy Moratorium.

Instead of taking action, an increasingly isolated Cargill and Bunge are attempting to downplay their responsibility in this landscape destruction. Bunge has argued that it is only 20% of the soy market in the areas it operates silos in the Brazilian Cerrado- which makes it the biggest player in the region. Cargill has taken the same route and is asserting that it is only around 10% of the Bolivian soy market. Both companies’ responses confirm that they are leading traders in these countries, meaning their policies and operations have a major impact on the region.

Cargill and Bunge only need to look to the nearby Brazilian Amazon for a successful example of a path to eliminating environmental destruction while still expanding production and increasing profit. There are over 500 million acres of land that are already cleared across Latin America and these companies have more than ample opportunity to grow without clearing another acre of native habitat. They’ve succeeded before- they can do it again.


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Activists Demonstrate Nationwide Against Burger King Deforestation Links

Activists Demonstrate Nationwide Against Burger King’s Deforestation

Last week, Mighty Earth revealed the deforesting practices of Burger King suppliers Cargill and Bunge in our report, The Ultimate Mystery Meat: Exposing the Secrets Behind Burger King and Global Meat Production. Following the release, there was a groundswell of consumer concern culminating in rallies outside Burger Kings across the country. In Miami, East Lansing, MI, Atlanta, Austin and White Plains, NY, conscientious consumers stood together to protest Burger King’s lack of any meaningful sustainability policy.

These activists experienced a wide array of reactions from store managers. Some threatened to call the police; others spoke of the deforestation they had witnessed first-hand growing up in South America.

On-the-ground action was met with social media organizing, as customers made their voices heard on Twitter and Facebook, demanding Burger King green up its act.

It was a heartening week of action against corporate environmental devastation. And it’s not too late to join! Sign our petition to demand Burger King rid its supply chain of deforestation now.


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On Tuesday, members of the European Parliament voted by a huge margin to approve a resolution calling for the EU to phase out the use of vegetable oils, including palm oil, in biofuel by 2020.

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