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Make EU trade with Brazil sustainable

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An open letter co-signed by over 600 European scientists and two Brazilian Indigenous organisations (which together represent 300 Brazilian Indigenous groups) calls for the European Union to make its trade negotiations with Brazil conditional on respecting Indigenous rights, protecting forests and defining strict social and environmental criteria for traded commodities such as iron and beef.

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Kehoe, L., Reis, T., Virah-Sawmy, M., Balmford, A., Kuemmerle, T., 604 signatories (2019). Make EU trade with Brazil sustainable. Science, 364(6438), pp.341.

Read the full letter here and read a commentary piece in The Conversation here. See also the Foodsource building block What is land use and land use change?

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