Stop Destroying the Amazon for Soybeans

Target: David McLennan, CEO of Cargill

Goal: Stop the destruction of hundreds of thousands of acres of rainforest annually to make room for unsustainable soya plantations.

Since 2015, deforestation in the Amazon rainforest has accelerated, after a decade of progress to slow down slash-and-burn agriculture that has ravaged millions of acres of ancient forest land in South America. Cargill is one of the major culprits driving the current uptick by supporting thousands of farmers in Brazil and Bolivia who clear-cut the forest to make room for massive soya plantations. Deforestation poses a serious threat to the 200,000 indigenous Amazonians who have lived in the rainforest for thousands of years, alongside perhaps half of the world’s ten million species of plants, animals and insects. We must take action now to stop this destruction.

In the particularly ravaged Cerrado region, where Cargill has purchased thousands of tons of soy, the rate of deforestation has exploded to over 300,000 acres of land cleared between 2011 and 2015, with the numbers continuing to escalate. The bulk of these soybeans are then shipped worldwide to be used primarily to feed livestock, which consume nearly 30 million tons of soybeans annually.

The governments of Brazil and Bolivia have not made conservation a priority, citing economic concerns. In many cases, they have shown support for companies such as Cargill that have helped support infrastructure and the construction of roads. While there have been some benefits to the farmers and local communities, the environmental toll that Cargill is exacting is too great for the world to bear. Deforestation has global ramifications, as most of Brazil’s greenhouse gases come from agriculture and forestry.

Cargill must help develop more sustainable solutions for soybean production and must not continue to fund the rainforests’ destruction. The rainforest has been descriptively termed the “lung of the planet” due to the enormous amount of oxygen the forest provides. Without the trees to help supply our atmosphere with breathable air, the entire planet will suffer. Not to mention the devastating impact on the two million species of insects and 2,000 species of mammals and birds that call the Amazon home.

Cargill’s CEO has claimed that they are investigating the allegations of deforestation and that they are “committed to ending deforestation.” Sign this petition to tell Cargill to put its money where its mouth is and to demand that Cargill stop buying soya from deforested lands.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. McLennan,

Your company, Cargill, has been implicated as a major agent driving the massive resurgence in deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. The soybeans you purchase come from farms that have cleared away hundreds of thousands of acres of ancient forest since 2011. While your investment has resulted in some local economic benefits to farmers in poverty-stricken areas, the environmental costs outweigh these greatly. In Bolivia alone, deforestation is destroying an area of land nearly equivalent to the size of Rhode Island each year.

There are other ways to source soybeans that do not require clear-cutting the rainforest. I urge you to support solutions to this issue and to stop purchasing soybeans from this devastated region. Please find a more sustainable alternative.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Sam Beebe

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11 Comments

  1. So much of the deforestation is done to plant crops to feed animals for the food and dairy industries. This is UNNECESSARY! We don’t HAVE to eat animals or dairy to live long and healthy lives. So why so much deforestation? Money and power. Please see COWSPIRACY. And please consider going vegan.

    • Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

      thats right, we dont need to eat animals to live any longer.

    • Lindi Robertson says:

      Yes!!!! Exactly! Humans are inefficient and have no foresight in terms of what we do today sets the pace for our future. Protecting the natural environment is key to enjoying life on this Planet. Vegan lifestyle is the only future.

  2. Dixie Denis says:

    Assholes!

  3. The Amazon is also being deforested to make “room” to graze cattle, believe it or not!

    THE Amazon was once called “the lungs of the world”…..wonder for how much longer this will be true?

  4. SHAME ON YOU CARGILL!!!! Soybeans are terrible for your health anyway. This is insane. Stop destroying the Amazon.

  5. In the West, wealthy from foreign lands come, buy and build mansions on supreme farm land = destruction of true gold.
    Our farm land should be used to grow our own food, not to import it!

  6. Gene Sengstake says:

    Does anyone really think Cargill gives a tinker’s dam about what happens to the Amazon rainforest!!!??? As long as they’re making money – the destruction of the Amazon rainforest is merely inconsequential acceptable collateral damage. We can tell them exactly what “we” think – and they’ll simply roll their eyes – smile – and probably give out with a chuckle or two – – –

  7. LOTS OF PETITIONS SIGNED ALREADY!
    NOTHING HAPPENED!

    KICK ALL OF THE PERSONS RESPONSIBLE OUT OF THEIR PROFESSION AND LET THEM PAY REPARATION TO FUTURE GENERATIONS!

    Stop & pursue this criminal rabble and this deformity  –  instantly!

    BARBARIC, GREED AND BRAINLESS and not able to think human?

  8. Anton Kupers says:

    Billions of humans too much gives ten times billions of livestock too much on earth and billions of methangasses too much. So: less breeding of people !

  9. Julie Bates says:

    The lungs of the world..it’s GOING….soon we will eat paper $$$$$$ fucking greed of man is and has destroyed the greatest gift on this planet THE AMAZON FOREST…
    God help us all ..

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