US-based grocery stores Walmart, Costco, and Kroger are selling beef from meat company JBS that has been linked to the destruction of the Amazon forest.
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism conducted a formal inquiry into JBS last year and concluded that the Brazilian meat giant is significantly contributing to the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.
The report stated that JBS sources its cattle from the Amazon and slaughters almost 35,000 cattle per day in Brazil alone.
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JBS is the world’s largest meat company. Their product line has a wide range of selections, including shredded and canned beef and frozen meat and steaks.
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism found some of these products being sold in all three US-based grocery stores.
According to the investigation, JBS beef cattle exports were linked to approximately 300 sq km of deforestation every year, yet the company denies any responsibility.
The Guardian took part in the investigation with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
A Walmart spokesperson told the Guardian that their company takes the allegations seriously and will review the claims.
“We believe healthy forests sustain biodiversity, support livelihoods and play an important role in mitigating climate change. Walmart is working with suppliers on certification, monitoring, supporting sustainable sourcing regions, promoting collaborative action and advocating for effective policy,” the statement read.
A spokesperson for Kroger told the Guardian, “we take deforestation seriously, as demonstrated by our no-deforestation commitment, and continue to engage our suppliers in pursuit of this commitment and to ensure no deforestation is happening in our relevant supply chains.”
According to the Guardian, Costco declined to answer any questions; however, they pointed out their sustainability policies which states, “our intent is not to source beef from high-risk deforestation regions until comprehensive traceability and monitoring systems are in place.”
In conversation with the JBS, a spokesperson told The Guardian that the allegations were “irresponsible and based on the flawed, superficial analysis.”
While it is unclear whether the allegations are true or whether these US-based grocery stores will take action, there have not been any proposals to date in the US to prevent agricultural imports that are linked to tropical deforestation.
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