Some of the UK’s largest fast-food chains have been selling meat from animals fed on soya beans linked to Brazil’s forest fires, campaigners say.
Some £240m of its soya was shipped to the UK in 2018, EU trade figures show.
Greenpeace said it wanted the companies to stop using soya from Brazil in their supply chains until the environment was better protected.
Brazil’s environment minister told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme any boycott could make the situation worse.
Some 2.5 million tonnes of soya is imported into the UK each year, with a large proportion used to feed farm animals.
In 2018, about a third of these – 761,739 tonnes – came from Brazil, BBC News analysis of the EU figures showed.
And just 14% of total soya imports are certified “deforestation free,” according to the Sustainable Trade Initiative – one of the lowest rates in the EU.
Greenpeace head of forests Richard George said: “All of the big fast-food companies use soya in animal feed, none of them know where it comes from and soya is one of the biggest drivers of deforestation worldwide.”
Environmental campaigners claim ongoing fires in both the Amazon and Cerrado regions of Brazil are being lit deliberately to clear land for raising animals and growing crops. Read more