MAJOR COMPANIES COMMIT TO HALTING DESTRUCTION OF BRAZILIAN CERRADO
Though deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon is at an all-time low, development that didn’t occur in the Amazon shifted over to the Cerrado, a highly biodiverse tropical savannah and the second-largest ecoregion in Brazil. According to INPE (Brazil’s national space agency), data shows that between 2013 and 2015 close to 4.7 million acres of the Cerrado were destroyed. In response, more than 40 Brazilian environmental organizations co-signed the so-called Cerrado Manifesto this past September to compel companies that purchase soy and meat from within the biome, as well as investors active in these sectors, to adopt policies and commitments to eliminate deforestation and conversion of native vegetation from their supply chains. Twenty-three companies, including Wal-Mart, have expressed support of the manifesto. For the full story see https://news.mongabay.com/2017/10/major-global-companies-commit-to-halt….