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COP27 Commitment to Eliminate Deforestation


According to a release from the 27th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27) major foods companies, including Cargill, JBS, Marfrig and COFCO have published their plans to reduce deforestation from their supply chains by 2025.  Extensive deforestation has occurred in Brazil, Indonesia and Malaysia to cultivate soybeans, cocoa and palm oil.  The commitment will contribute to the goal to hold global warming to 1.5 C above pre-industrial levels.


Newly elected President da Silva of Brazil has committed his administration to ending deforestation of the Amazon and to reverse many of the policies adopted by the outgoing Bolsonaro Administration, relating to environmental degradation. 


Both climate activists and the United Nations maintain that company pledges with respect to environmental improvement are essentially, “greenwashing” and will not contribute in any meaningful way to reversing global warming.