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The EU currently develops a legislative proposal that aims to reduce deforestation by setting targets for products linked to a high risk of deforestation, such as soy, beef, palm oil or coffee. Companies that sell or trade these products in the EU will only be allowed to import into the EU if they meet certain sustainability criteria. They would have to prove that their products have not contributed to deforestation, disclose information about their supply chains and report on their measures to avoid deforestation.
How do European livestock farmers know whether forests have been cleared for the cultivation of soy in their feed? So far, feed manufacturers have pretended to be unable to take responsibility for their supply chains. Tracing back the origin of the soy through many intermediaries along the global supply chain was too difficult for them. In the future, however, an EU law could require companies to take responsibility for their global supply chains.