Grain merchants Archer Daniels Midland, Bunge and Cargill said in separate statements that they do not buy products from new deforested areas in the Amazon and use monitoring satellites to enforce their policies.
Bunge said he is evaluating available information on the number and location of existing fires in the Amazon, while Cargill argued that producers’ efforts have helped curb deforestation in the last decade.
The Brazilian Association of Vegetable Oil Industries (ABIOVE), which represents companies such as ADM, Bunge and Cargill, said this week that planting soybeans in the ten cities that reported the most fires this year is insignificant in relation to the total production of oilseeds.
According to a study done by ABIOVE, the ten most burned municipalities from January to July planted only 30,000 hectares in the last harvest, 17,000 in Novo Progresso (PA), where producers recently participated in the so-called “fire day”.
In addition, Apuí (AM), the city with the most fire outbreaks in the region, has no soybean crops, while Altamira (PA), the second with the highest burning rate, has only 2,000 hectares planted with oilseeds.
ABIOVE is one of the leaders of the so-called Soy Moratorium, which prevents the purchase and financing through trade of crops produced in the Amazon region after 2008.
The agency admits that soy occupies a relatively important area of the Amazon but notes that 98% of the sowing carried out in the biome occurred after the Soy Moratorium, in deforested areas before the program was instituted.
Cargill said in a statement that “it fully supports the I Am Moratorium in the Amazon and does not buy grains from recently deforested areas,” arguing that the joint effort of the companies in the sector “has contributed to the 80% decrease in deforestation of the Amazon in the last decade. “