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Selective Application; Missing Agenda

Selective Application The EU proposed a new regulation requiring due diligence on the part of companies marketing specific products (soybeans, beef, palm oil, wood, cocoa and coffee derived products such as leather, chocolate and furniture) that were not derived from newly deforested geographies. Some environmentalists believe the requirement should apply to the Cerrado savannah and peatlands as well. Unsurprisingly, the Brazilian government is unimpressed and views it as a bit of Old-World hypocrisy. After all, Europe was mostly forested following deglaciation as shown by pollen and fossil records. As in Brazil, anthropogenic deforestation accelerated around 1400 years ago due to the expansion of Neolithic agriculture. Brazil would note...

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