Cattle Production and Environment Concerns in Brazil

Around 40% of beef and 85% of leather production serve markets that are potentially sensitive to environmental concerns, providing a partial explanation as to why Brazilian producers have made recent commitments to reducing deforestation for cattle production, finds a new study published in Tropical Conservation Science.


The research, conducted by Nathalie Walker and Sabrina Patel of the National Wildlife Federation and Kemel Kalif of Amigos da Terra – Amazônia Brasileira, used government data to estimate the proportion of beef and leather production that ends up in environmentally-sensitive markets.


They find that the vast majority of leather exports “could be considered to be susceptible to demand for deforestation-free products.”


For beef, the proportion is substantially lower, but still significant. Importantly, 80 percent of Brazilian beef is consumed domestically, indicating that “consumer concern in Brazil over deforestation related to the cattle industry is vital for sustained and increased action in the industry to reduce deforestation,” according to the authors.

The findings provide some insight on why four major meatpackers signed onto a moratorium on deforestation for cattle production. The moratorium, which was established in response to a damaging Greenpeace report that linked Amazon deforestation to major Western brands, committed the companies to avoiding purchases of cattle from ranches where forest clearing occurred after October 2009. (...)

Our Company is very concerned about the quality of our products as well as the origin of our leather.

WE ARE TO PROUD INFORM THAT BRAZILIAN LEATHER SHOES´ LEATHER COMES EXCLUSIVELY FROM LEGAL PRODUCERS AND WE ARE STRONGLY AGAINST DEFORESTATION FOR CATTLE PRODUCTION EITHER FOR FOREIGN MARKET OR DOMESTIC CONSUM.


(chart: Overview of Cattle Supply Chain –Leather, Beef, Live Cattle and Co-Products/ facts: Mongabay)


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