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December 14, 2023

Soya grown on deforested land still being sold in UK supermarkets

Soyabeans harvested on a farm in Brazil
Soyabeans harvested on a farm in Brazil. Almost 80% of the crop is used to produce feed for livestock, with roughly 20% being used in products intended for humans (Photo: Andressa Anholete/Bloomberg)

As the UK government announces plans for new laws on deforestation due diligence, environmentalists warn these don’t match other jurisdictions’ efforts and won’t prevent deforestation entering UK soya supply chains

With the recently concluded COP28 dedicating a full day to nature and food systems, the influence of agriculture on climate change is increasingly being debated in international forums. On December 10, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization published a road map outlining how to end world hunger while limiting global warming to 1.5C. The road map states that deforestation in the agricultural industry produced almost 3mn tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2021.

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