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Debates in Brazil Over Corporate Role in Deforestation
A recent article on allegations of corporate-led deforestation in Brazil appeared on Bloomberg.com. The story, Alcoa Razes Rain Forest in Court Case Led by Brazil Prosecutors, examines the role played by major corporations such as Alcoa and Cargill in the continuing deforestation and forest degradation of the Amazon. Focusing on the legal battles that pit Alcoa and Cargill against various governmental actors in Brazil, the article sheds light on the confluence of corporate interest, weak governance and inadequate legislation in the continued deforestation of the Amazon, and the related dispossession of indigenous peoples. The article touches upon mining, cash crops and cattle-raising in considering the incentives for deforestation in the face of the environmental damage these activities engender.
Posted By Marina France at 3:57pm on August 04, 2009
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