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Amazon Soy Moratorium: So Far, So Good

A two-year moratorium on the purchase of soybeans in newly deforested parts of the Amazon rainforest put in place by Greenpeace, working with the Brazilian Vegetable Oils Industry Association, seems to be working: no new soybean plantations were detected in any of the 193 areas in the region. In the 12-month period ending last August, there was no deforestation totaling 250 acres or more. Greenpeace credits participation by U.S.-based commodities giants Cargill, Archer Daniels Midland and Bunge as key to the success of the moratorium. Demand is rising for soybeans, not only as a food staple but as the base of biodiesel fuel.

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Date Of Record Release 2009-10-22 12:49:54
Description A two-year moratorium on the purchase of soybeans in newly deforested parts of the Amazon rainforest put in place by Greenpeace, working with the Brazilian Vegetable Oils Industry Association, seems to be working: no new soybean plantations were detected in any of the 193 areas in the region. In the 12-month period ending last August, there was no deforestation totaling 250 acres or more. Greenpeace credits participation by U.S.-based commodities giants Cargill, Archer Daniels Midland and Bunge as key to the success of the moratorium. Demand is rising for soybeans, not only as a food staple but as the base of biodiesel fuel.
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Source Biodiesel Sustainability
Keyword Soybean, Greenpeace, Amazon rainforest
Selector Offley
Date Of Record Creation 2009-10-22 12:43:44
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Date Last Modified 2010-06-19 17:05:15
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2009-10-22 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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