Poor pay for produce workers, super-sized unhealthy food, now contribution to
rainforest destruction: fast food has never looked better. Whether this new campaign
by Greenpeace will have any immediate effect is still in the air, however. The
full reports are available at the bottom of the article.
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By Agence France Presse
Republished from Agence
Greenpeace has launched a campaign against McDonald's,
accusing the restaurant chain of abetting the destruction of the Brazilian rainforest
The environment group Greenpeace launched a campaign against McDonald’s,
accusing the U.S. restaurant chain of abetting the destruction of the Brazilian
rainforest by buying meat raised from Amazonian soya.
Protesters dressed as chickens demonstrate outside a McDonald’s fast
food outlet in central London April 6, 2006. The direct action at stores across
Britain was in response to a report from pressure group Greenpeace claiming
a role played by the fast food company in the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.
Greenpeace protestors staged colourful but peaceful demonstrations at several
McDonald’s restaurants in Britain and Germany, it said in a press release.
“Fast-food giants like McDonald’s are trashing the Amazon for cheap
meat. Every time you buy a Chicken McNugget, you could be taking a bite out
of the Amazon,” said the group’s campaign coordinator on forests,
A study published last month in the British scientific journal Nature said
that, on present trends, cattle ranchers and soybean farmers will have destroyed
40 percent of the Amazonian forest by 2050.
Greenpeace said three U.S. commodities giants—Cargill, Archer Daniels
Midland and Bunge—control 60 percent of soya production in Brazil.
The soya is then used to feed farm animals in Europe, and some of the meat
is then purchased by McDonald’s, it said.
“Cargill, which is leading the invasion, has done deals with unscrupulous
farms that have illegally grabbed and deforest areas of public and indigenous
land. Some have even used slave labour,” said Greenpeace.
It added that Cargill had “illegally built its own port in the heart
of the Amazon” to facilitate the soya trade.
A copy of the “Eating up the Amazon’ is available on: http://www.greenpeace.org/international/press/reports/eating-up-the-amazon
A shorter crime file, based on the report: http://www.greenpeace.org/international/press/reports/amazon-soya-crime-file