Greenpeace Activists in Brazil Block Cargill Soy Facility

Feature story - 22 May, 2006
After two years of investigation, we’ve uncovered a string of illegal soy production that is destroying the Amazon rainforest, and can be traced to a large American corporation: Cargill.

Cargill: cutting down the Amazon to feed chickens.

A team of climbers from our ship, the Arctic Sunrise, shut downCargill's illegal soy facility in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.Our activists unfurled a banner on the conveyor belts at Cargill'sfacility, but angry Cargill employees nearby blasted the sign down withhigh-powered hoses.  Police arrived on the scene and arrested 16 of ouractivists.

The Arctic Sunrise itself blockaded the Cargill port, preventing exports of soy from leaving the facility.

In the nearby city of Santarém, a group of Cargill's supporterssurrounded the police station holding our activists, but were dispersedby military police.

Police securedthe Arctic Sunrise as well, but an angry mob boarded our shipdespite the police presence, and painted graffiti along the sides.Fireworks were also aimed at our ship and activists, even hitting anactivist in the chest, but fortunately leaving him unharmed. Meanwhile,police used pepper spray toforce the crew to open the radio room, and took them into custody. Therest of our activists were put in lockdown within the ship.  Cargill tug boats pushed our ship out ofthe dock, dragging it and our anchor out into theTapajos river.

The illegal soy Cargill is producing has been linked to a massive fast food chain, including KFC's European restaurants. These fast food chains are literally eating up the Amazon, and we've detailed exactly how in a recent report.

Our volunteers want  to prevent soy fromthe world's most precious rainforest being exported to Europe to feedchickens, pigs and cows -- and you can help support them by writing to KFC.

Cargill, based in the United States, is the largest soy producer andexporter in the Amazon, operating 13 silos in the heart of the Amazonrainforest.

Soy is now a leading cause of rainforest destruction in the BrazilianAmazon. In total, an estimated 12,000 square miles of what was oncerainforest has already  been destroyed, mostly illegally, to growsoybeans. Cargill makes no secret of helping establish soy farms in theAmazon, some of which are complicit in other illegal activities such asland grabbing and slavery.

Corporations like Cargill must stop seeing the Amazon as a place toexpand their soy businesses, and recognise it as the world's greatestrainforest  in need of urgent protection, not exploitation. We're calling onCargill, and their fast-food industry customers, to ensure that thesoy and animal feed they buy does not contribute to thedestruction of the Amazon.

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