European supermarkets including Casino, Carrefour and Albert Heijn are selling meat products linked to deforestation and human rights violations to unwitting consumers, and the EU plans to increase the number of destructive products on supermarket shelves with the proposed EU-Mercosur trade deal, reveals a report released today by Repórter Brasil and Friends of the Earth Europe.
The European Council are close to signing a free trade deal between the European Union and Mercosur member countries. If it is, the deal could increase the imports of Brazilian meat to the EU drastically, including a 30% increase in imports from the whole Mercosur region. This will benefit meat multinationals like JBS that are linked to deforestation, environmental crimes, forced labour and violations of indigenous land rights.
An EU-Mercosur trade deal will further increase the amount of ‘toxic’ Brazilian meat in our supermarkets. If this deal is signed, it will undermine the aims of the European Green Deal and push a sustainable future for food production further from reach.