Still At It – Major Soy Suppliers Caught in Continued Deforestation Linked to Fast Food, Supermarkets
In our February report, “The Ultimate Mystery Meat,” we revealed how soy production is responsible for ongoing massive deforestation across the Brazilian Cerrado and Bolivian Amazon basin. Our initial field investigation to 28 different locations producing soy in Brazil and Bolivia in September 2016 showed that these large industrial farms sell soy to US-based traders, most significantly to two companies- Cargill and Bunge. In addition to their role in creating a market for deforestation-based soy, we found that these companies are also frequently involved in directly financing land clearance and associated infrastructure development. Cargill and Bunge in turn sell soy to meat and dairy companies, who then sell to large consumer-facing companies like Burger King.