Right now, the Amazon, Cerrado (the world’s largest tropical wetland), and Pantanal, vital ecosystems in Brazil, face environmental disaster. Huge parts of them are disappearing to grow soya for livestock feed used in the intensive farming of chickens. Soya that’s grown using pesticides banned in the UK and EU, because they’re so hazardous to nature and our health. With your help we can stop this.
£10 could go towards arranging meetings with Defra to secure support for UK pesticide and fertiliser reductions in line with the Global Biodiversity Framework, which is being put forward for agreement at CoP15.
£25 could support our petition calling on supermarkets to remove highly hazardous pesticides from soya supply chains.
£50 could help us engage with local partners and supporting organisations in Brazil.
£100 helps us to lobby government departments for a ban on the export of highly hazardous pesticides from the UK, for use on soya crops in Latin America.
£500 helps us to meet with supermarket representatives and persuade them to address the highly hazardous pesticides in their supply chains.
Butterflies and insects are dying too. Macaws, tropical raptors, tapirs and bats are just some of the wildlife being found with their bodies riddled with toxins.
Waters that teemed with life are becoming toxic soups. Fish float dead on the surface. New weed resistant plants are emerging, requiring further chemical treatment.
The Brazilian Association of Public Health (ABRASCO), estimates pesticide use contributes to 70,000 human poisonings annually across Brazil. Those chemicals are used in the production of chicken feed consumed by British chickens that are sold in UK supermarkets.
In January 2022, we spoke to Aldi, Asda, Co-op, Iceland, Lidl, Marks and Spencer, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose. None of them monitor or restrict the use of hazardous pesticides and chemicals in their soya supply chains.
One example is the research being done by organic chicken farmer, Mike Mallet. He is trialing sprouting vetch seeds, which he grows. It’s proving to be far more nutritional than the soya he previously used. This trial and others like it could help British farmers move away from soya feed and its associated environmental harms.
Huge tracts of the Amazon, Pantanal and Cerrado are being altered and destroyed to grow genetically modified soya that’s fed to British chickens in intensive farming systems.