Brazil to use satellite tracking against illegal ranching


Satellite photo of deforestation and fires in Matto Grosso, Brasil

Brazil took a step forward in protecting the Amazon rainforest this week, starting satellite surveillance of the cattle ranches that are among the chief culprits in the forest’s destruction.

The agriculture ministry will monitor more than 15,000 cattle ranches, many of which were established by clearing forested land, and stop ranchers from selling their cattle if they expand farms further by encroaching upon the rainforest.

We can now say that Brazil is doing its part,” said Agriculture Minister Reinhold Stephanes at the launch of the plan in Para, one of several states in the north of Brazil over which the world’s largest rainforest sprawls…

The scheme is one of the few measures taken to date by the farming ministry to control ranchers, showing heightened awareness of the link between success in exporting and the foreign consumers’ desire for more ecologically sound produce…

Ranchers who have been identified via the satellite images as illegally claiming forested land to expand their pastures will be unable to obtain a permit enabling them to transport their cattle to slaughterhouses.

Overdue.

One thought on “Brazil to use satellite tracking against illegal ranching

  1. Cinaedh says:

    Apparently they couldn’t see the raging wildfires and tens of thousands of acres of farms from the perspective of the ground.

    I am glad “…Brazil is doing its part.” at long last, now they’re actually aware of what’s been happening for a lifetime or so.

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