There is new evidence supporting the link between the largest meat company in the world, JBS, and cattle coming from a Brazilian Amazon farm sanctioned due to illegal deforestation.
It is the fifth allegation this year connecting JBS to Amazon farmers linked to illegal deforestation. Beef companies in Brazil have claimed more than once that the greatest challenge to removing deforestation from their supply chains comes from "indirect suppliers". These are farms that either birth cattle or sell to farms to be fattened, and are then sold to slaughterhouses or other farms.
The Guardian, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, and Réporter Brasil conducted a joint investigation. They found photographs by a truck driver from JBS--its own employee--allegedly showing how they conduct transport of cattle from an embargoed farm with a deforestation fine to another farm that is "clean," after which the cattle are sold to JBS.
This shows that JBS has at least one indirect cattle supplier sanctioned due to violations of deforestation. It raises questions on the company's review of its supply chain. In just more than a year, JBS has already been linked four times to indirect suppliers with various Amazon-related crimes such as environmental offenses and deforestation. These allegations arose from investigations by the entities as mentioned, as well as Amnesty International and Greenpeace.