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Rains bring some relief to surging deforestation in Brazil's Amazon

Rains bring some relief to surging deforestation in Brazil's Amazon

BRASILIA (Reuters) - The pace of surging deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest this year eased in October, government data showed on Friday, with the onset of the rainy season making the muddy forest tougher to penetrate and helping prevent fires. Compared to October last year, deforestation for the month was up 5%, according to preliminary data

Grain traders oppose Brazil's soy ban to protect savannah

Grain traders oppose Brazil's soy ban to protect savannah

CAMPINAS, Brazil (Reuters) - Global grain traders are against banning soy purchases from newly deforested areas of Brazil’s savannah region, that would duplicate a similar moratorium in place for the Amazon rainforest, an industry association said on Thursday. “There is no intention of doing this,” Lucas Brito, executive assistant at grain exporters

Indigenous leaders seek European support for Brazil's Amazon

Indigenous leaders seek European support for Brazil's Amazon

A delegation of indigenous leaders said on Tuesday they are seeking to recruit European political support against incursions by loggers and cattle ranchers in the Brazilian Amazon and the destruction of rainforest. Sonia Guajajara, a former Brazilian vice presidential candidate and a prominent voice in efforts to protect the Amazon, told The Associated

Brazil farmers push traders to end Amazon soy moratorium

Brazil farmers push traders to end Amazon soy moratorium

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian farmers plan to start a campaign next week to end a ban by trading firms on buying soybeans from parts of the Amazon rainforest cleared after 2008, leaders from a major farmer group told Reuters, citing support from President Jair Bolsonaro. The push to end traders’ voluntary “soy moratorium” — one of the farm industry’s