EU imports have been linked to driving illegal deforestation in a report from campaign group Fern. The UK is among the largest consumers of the good highlighted in the study.
The report – Stolen Goods: The EU’s complicity in illegal tropical deforestation – estimated that in 2012 the EU imported €6 billion (£4.3bn) of soy, beef, leather and palm oil that were grown or reared on land illegally cleared of forest in the tropics, representing almost a quarter of the total world trade.
The Netherlands, the UK, Germany, Italy and France are named as among the largest consumers of these illegally sources deforestation commodities. Together the countries are responsible for two-thirds of EU purchasing by values and three-quarters in terms of the areas of forests destroyed.
“A little under a quarter (by value) of all agriculture commodities from illegal deforestation in international trade are destined for the EU. This includes 25% of all soy, 18% of all palm oil, 15% of all beef and 31% of all leather,” the report adds.
The report notes that over 12 years since the start of the century, one football pitch of forest was illegally felled every two minutes to supply the EU with commodities. Some 60% of the illegally source commodities imported by the EU come from Brazil, with a quarter coming from Indonesia.
Fern explains that illegal deforestation is causing environmental damage, corruption, violence and human rights abuses. The organisation adds that those seeking to halt illegal deforestation have been “threatened, attacked and even killed”, despite may of these people representing the communities whose land is being taken and livelihoods being threatened.
The report notes that the EU has committed to acting to halt global deforestation by 2030, but adds “it cannot expect to achieve this while continuing to contribute to the problem through its consumption of commodities driving illegal destruction”.
Fern calls for the EU to urgently agree a plan of action for addressing deforestation and associated trade in agriculture commodities.
The latest report follows a study last year that found global trade is increasingly responsible for deforestation.
Photo: crustmania via Flickr
Like our Facebook Page
Can You Maximize Your Profits While Investing Ethically?
Environmental Benefits of Living in Miami. Why Is It Worth Moving There?
5 Ways To Shift To Green Energy At Home
Advantages of Free-Range Farming for Eco-Friendly Consumers
What is Eco-Friendly Investing and How Can You Embrace It?
Green Software Ideas to Implement with an Offshore Development Team
5 Things Eco-Conscious Consumers Should Know About Private Wells
The True Environmental and Social Costs of Mined Diamonds
20 Incredible Facts Eco-Tourists Should Know About Dubai
5 Massive Benefits of Turning to Renewable Energy
6 Tips For Getting the Most from a Solar-Powered Home
7 Excellent Ways to Live a Greener Lifestyle in 2021
How the Property Industry Is Embracing Eco-Friendliness Across the Board
Sustainability in Construction: Methods to Mitigate Environmental Impacts
New Company is Driving ESG Infrastructure Development in Mining
10 Tips to Turn Your Next Holiday into an Eco-Friendly Celebration
4 Benefits of Commuting with a Bicycle as an Eco-Friendly Consumer
Some Important Facts about Eco-Friendly Glass Railings
Impact Proof of Stake Ethereum Mining on Power Industry Sustainability
7 Business Survival Guidelines All Eco-Friendly Entrepreneurs Must Follow
- Features10 months ago
Eco-Friendly Hacks To Create A Durable Shop For Your Home
- Energy6 months ago
Eco-Friendly Homeowners Lower Carbon Footprints through Greater Air Conditioner Efficiency
- Features5 months ago
Seven Health and Safety Tips for Eco-Friendly Products in a Green Home
- Features11 months ago
5 Simple Ways To Create A Greener And Healthier Home