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Chalktivism for the Amazon – Toronto
July 7, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Please join Toronto Climate Save, Toronto Vegan Chalking and Liberation TO for chalktivism and other actions on 7/7 (July 7) to raise awareness of the worst deforestation on record this past May 2019. The Brazilian government in conjunction with animal feed companies is turning the Amazon rainforests into meat burgers. The 7/7 action is part of a series of monthly actions the Climate Save Movement is planning on 8/8, 9/9, 10/10 and so forth. Please join us. We need you!
2-4: at Bay and Bloor outside the Brazilian consulate
4-5: at Avenue and Bloor in front of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
Killing animals is killing the rainforest
Go vegan to reforest the earth
Mighty Earth, a Washington DC group, released a report called “Still at it” which points to large-scale forest-clearing by Bolivian and Brazilian farmers who trade soybeans with Cargill. Mighty Earth used satellite imaging and supply-chain mapping information from the Stockholm Environment Institute, an environmental think tank, to identify deforestation in Brazil where two American-based food giants, Cargill and Bunge, are the only known agricultural traders.
The group used drones to record the clearing of forests and savannas in areas where Cargill operates silos.
“Deforestation in Amazon surges to a record high,” The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/04/deforestation-of-brazilian-amazon-surges-to-record-high-bolsonaro
Mighty Earth, Still at it available on-line at http://www.mightyearth.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/StillAtIt.pdf
The New York Times has a great expose here: ”
“A few months ago, a representative from Cargill traveled to this remote colony in Bolivia’s eastern lowlands in the southernmost reaches of the vast Amazon River basin with an enticing offer.
The American agricultural giant wanted to buy soybeans from the Mennonite residents, descendants of European peasants who had been carving settlements out of the thick forest for more than 40 years. The company would finance a local warehouse and weighing station so farmers could sell their produce directly to Cargill on-site, the man said, according to local residents.”
See also the Independent: https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/mcdonalds-beef-burgers-amazon-rainforest-deforestation-cargill-bunge-a7741541.html
“Despite the positive past steps McDonald’s has taken, everything we know about their suppliers suggests they’re still chock full of deforestation.”
The report, called Still At It, said McDonald’s had expressed a “desire for collective joint action with its suppliers” about the problem.
The company had not provided information about its supply chain but “publicly available data shows that it is Cargill’s biggest customer in Europe”, the report added.
…In February, The New York Times spoke to local farmers in Bolivia in the areas covered by the first Mighty report and was told by ones who had cleared forest areas that they had sold soy to Cargill.
While Cargill is hardly well known, it is the largest private firm in the US in terms of revenue.
The Mighty Earth report in February used satellite images, drones and mapping information to find evidence of significant deforestation in areas of Brazil and Bolivia where Cargill and another major company, Bunge, buy from farmers.
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