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EU role in forest fires in Brazil

France demands more independence from soybeans

10.09.2019 Author: Isolde Moussot Original language: de Translator: Isolde Moussot

The demand for soya and palm oil from the EU is one of the causes of slash-and-burn in the Brazilian rainforest. In order to create new arable land for soya, palm oil and May, the rainforest in Brazil is being destroyed by slash-and-burn and thus countless species.

Soya is mainly used as animal feed in the EU, and therefore for meat production. Rape, oil palms, soya and sunflowers are also used for the production of biodiesel and E10 fuel. Mobility in the EU is therefore not only responsible for considerable CO2 emissions, but is also partly responsible for the destruction of the rainforest in Brazil through biofuel.