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Wed May 5, 2021, 04:46 AM

2. European retailers urge Brazil to drop Amazon squatters bill

Dozens of companies are threatening to stop using Brazilian produce amid concerns that the proposed law could accelerate deforestation.

Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest last year reached its highest level since 2008

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What is the controversial proposed law?
The bill is an expansion of a 2009 law that granted land rights to so-called "land-grabbers" living in the Amazon rainforest.

Critics of the proposed legislation have warned that it would undermine anti-deforestation efforts by rewarding squatters in the Amazon.

On the other hand, proponents argue that the bill could force such properties to comply with deforestation laws by bringing the settlers into the legal system.

Land-grabbers in the rainforest who occupy properties illegally typically cut down areas for agricultural use.

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Bolsonaro has also repeatedly pledged to increase agricultural activity in the region.


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