UK supermarkets threaten Brazil import ban

Major British supermarkets have warned the Brazilian government that they will stop importing goods from the country if it passes a law that will cause further damage to the Amazon.

Aldi, Asda, Co-op, Iceland, Lidl, Marks & Spencer, Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Morrisons, and Waitrose signed an open letter which raised concerns about a legal proposal that poses an even greater threat to the already damaged rainforest.

The collective said following a series of circumstances over the past year that have resulted in high levels of forest fires and deforestation, it had noted that the targets to reduce these levels, as well as the enforcement budgets available to deliver them, are “increasingly inadequate.”

The letter said that it was “extremely concerning” to see that the same measure the signatories responded to last year is being put forward again as the legislative proposal PL 510/21 with “potentially even greater threats to the Amazon than before.”

The document, also backed by the British Retail Consortium, said that the “door remains open” to work with Brazilian partners on supporting the development of sustainable land management.

“However, if this or other measures that undermine these existing protections become law, we will have no choice but to reconsider our support and use of the Brazilian agricultural commodity supply chain,” wrote the retailers.

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