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Greenpeace has released a 140 page report accusing the President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of funding farmers and meat business, considered as the biggest destroyers of the Amazon rainforest, through the National Bank of Economic and Social Development (BNDES).
The report says the National Bank has granted loans by billions of dollars to the livestock enterprises responsible for 80% of the deforestation: an hectare of the Amazon rainforest is destroyed every 18 seconds.
According to Greenpeace, the government is using public money to fund the five largest companies in the meat business, which export half of the Brazilian meat.
The report also shows that farmers have been encouraged to settle deeper in the Amazon, even in some protected areas granted to the Indians, while it has been proved that many of these farmers still use slave labor on their farms.
"The livestock industry in the Amazon is the largest cause of destruction of the rainforest, responsible for one of every eight hectares destroyed in the world" says Greenpeace.
According to André Muggiati, Greenpeace coordinator, the study reveals how the destruction of the Amazon is linked to the global market. "The situation is very serious," he says. "The Brazilian government has a key role because it invests in industries located in the Amazon which, as they develop, increase the progressive destruction of the jungle."
Brazil is already the world's largest exporter of beef: of every three tons of meat sold in 2008 in the world, one bore the stamp of Brazil. Greenpeace's concern is that the Government intends to double the Brazilian participation in world production of meat without taking action to stop the destruction of the Amazon.
The Environment Minister, Carlos Minc, who agrees with the Greenpeace's report, said that he was ready to leave his office if the government does not listen to his demands for ecological projects.
President Lula did not yet directly answer to Greenpeace's accusation but recalled that his government has created 25 million hectares of protected areas in the Amazon, of which 10 million went to the Indians, and that "only" 11,968 square kilometers were destroyed in the Amazon in 2008, while in 1998, the figure had been 21,050.Read »