CRR Chain: Rising Brazilian Beef Exports to China to Test Sustainability Commitments

Research by Chain Reaction Research, shows that increased Brazilian beef exports to China are likely to test sustainability commitments in both countries. China (including Hong Kong) imported 44 percent of Brazil’s total beef exports in 2018, compared to 40 percent in 2017 and 35 percent in 2016. Brazil, the largest exporter of beef in the world even though most of the country’s beef is consumed domestically, shipped 1.64 million tonnes to foreign countries in 2018, a 10 percent increase from the year before. In 2019, exports are expected to rise again, reaching 1.8 million tonnes, with high volumes still heading to China.

Cattle ranching in Brazil remains a major driver of deforestation, despite companies – both retailers and meatpackers – making commitments to deforestation-free supply chains. A Chain Reaction Research (CRR) report published in September 2018 showed that cattle-driven deforestation in the Amazon and the Cerrado has occurred as a result of leakage and insufficient monitoring and implementation. 

Read the full article on the Chain Reaction Research website

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