Beef

Beef and Deforestation - The Consumer Goods Forum

General

Beef production is the leading driver of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest, and the Cerrado wooded savannah South and East of the Amazon. These areas are two of the most bio-diverse biomes in the world, and play critical roles in the global climate. Brazil is the second largest producer on beef (after the USA), and the top global exporter since 2004. Brazil is the world’s fourth largest emitter of greenhouse gases; nearly half of Brazil’s emissions are from land use change and forestry (LUCF). The growth of the cattle sector in Brazil has had an increasing impact on the Amazon as cattle production has shifted to that region, leading to increased deforestation levels in both regions.
 
The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef is an international  coalition of beef supply chain stakeholders committed to a sustainable global beef system. Its members include ranchers, processers, suppliers, retailers, NGOs, and governmental organisations. Our objective is to strengthen ties with the Global Roundtable on Sustainable Beef (GRSB).

Progress

All of our members who source beef from Brazil will be encouraged to support the Global Roundtable on Sustainable Beef (GRSB). The Consumer Goods Forum will encourage the GRSB to build links with the Leather Roundtable. Walmart will act as the link between The Consumer Goods Forum and the Global Roundtable on Sustainable Beef.