The British dairy companies linked to Brazil’s deforestation

The British dairy companies linked to Brazil’s deforestation

Deforestation in Brazil is a significant issue in the fight against climate change and has been linked to some of the UK's most popular dairy brands.

ITV News, Greenpeace Unearthed, and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism conducted an investigation and found that the sourcing of soya cattle feed contributed to the deforestation of the Brazilian forest, as did Cadbury's chocolate, Cathedral City cheddar, Anchor butter, Country Life butter, Clover dairy spread, Davidstow cheddar, and Arla's Cravendale and Asda's Farmers' Milks.

In an interview with ITV, Greenpeace UK's Anna Jones said: "People aren't really aware that their cheese comes from deforestation."

"It's significant because the forests being cleared are critical to our climate and global well-being. Our climate will be thrown into disarray if we don't have those forests."

Around 2.6 million tonnes of soya are imported into the UK each year for animal feed, with Brazil accounting for approximately a third of the total.

We're "taking steps," according to an Arla Foods spokesman to manage our soy "responsibly."

Cathedral City cheddar maker Saputo, which also sells products such as Country Life butter and Clover dairy spread, announced that starting in 2022 they will require all dairy farms to supply them with milk from cows that have been fed sustainably grown soy.

"We are committed to decreasing food production linked to deforestation," an Asda representative stated. By 2025, they plan to have all of their soy "physically certified," according to the representative.

"100% deforestation-free feed by 2023," according to Cadbury parent firm Mondelez, is a goal for all UK dairy suppliers.

It was recently shown that the carbon emissions from 20 meat and dairy producers exceed those of Germany, France, and the United Kingdom combined.

Rich countries like the UK, according to scientific study, must drastically reduce their meat and dairy intake if they hope to stem the tide of global warming.

According to the Heinrich Böll Stiftung and Friends of the Earth, the industry garnered more than £348 billion from 2,500 investment firms, banks, and pension funds between 2015 and 2020.

Increasing meat production by tens of millions of tonnes every year, according to The Guardian, would necessitate clearing vast tracts of forest to create room for animals.

Large corporations, on the other hand, are buying up little ones and so reducing competition, according to the research.

"Industrial animal farming is growing and forcing sustainable models off the market," it said.

In August, the United Nations issued a study warning of a "red code for mankind" due to the influence people are having on global warming. The new findings follow up on those warnings.