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KFC’s Secret Ingredients Include Soy That’s Destroying the Amazon, Says Greenpeace

Greenpeace volunteers unfurled a 300 square meter banner in a massive area of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest Thursday morning, May 18, with the words ‘KFC – Amazon Criminal’ – in advance of Kentucky Fried Chicken’s (KFC) Annual General Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky this Friday, May 19.

Activists in two inflatable boats also protested against US commodities giant Cargill, at its illegal soy export facility in the heart of the Amazon, which supplies KFC with animal feed in Europe.

They held up a banner saying ‘Cargill Out’, as rainforest soy was being prepared for export. Both protests highlight the fact that KFC is fueling the destruction of the Amazon by selling cheap chicken fed on soy grown on deforested land.

Recent Greenpeace investigations have traced the chain of rainforest destruction directly from the heart of the Amazon, via Cargill’s facility, to KFC’s European restaurants, which sell bucket-loads of cheap soy-fed chicken to millions of people every day.

According to Greenpeace, US company Cargill, which owns an illegal export terminal at Santarém, is supplied by farms operating on rainforest land that has been illegally cleared for soy production.

Almost all of the soy passing through this terminal, says the NGO, is destined for Europe. In 2005 more than 50% went to the Netherlands, 31% went to the UK, Spain received 6.5% & 6% to France.

Industry sources and Greenpeace research have identified Cargill soy terminals in Europe, through which Cargill’s Amazon soy enters the continent, as a source of feed for KFC meat in the UK and Netherlands.

"Deforestation, slavery, use of toxic chemicals, land theft, illegal farming and the extinction of rare species are a recipe for disaster in the Amazon rainforest, but they are ingredients in KFC’s quest for cheap animal feed," said Greenpeace International Forest Campaign Coordinator Gavin Edwards.

"Fast food companies like KFC must take Amazon deforestation off their menu before it is too late for the world’s greatest rainforest."

The Amazon rainforest is being destroyed at an alarming rate and is in urgent need of protection. Since January 2003, nearly 70,000 km2 has been destroyed, equivalent to an area of rainforest the size of 6 football pitches every minute. Soy, which is mainly grown to feed animals, is a leading cause of this destruction.

A report last month in Nature magazine revealed that 40% of the Amazon will be lost by 2050 if current trends in agricultural expansion continue, threatening bio-diversity and massively contributing to climate change.

KFC is part of Yum! Brands, Inc., the world’s largest restaurant chain which includes Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, A&W and other fast food companies. Greenpeace recently wrote to Yum! Brands, Inc. regarding the destruction of the Amazon, but the company claimed its soy is grown in other parts of Brazil. Yet Greenpeace has traced its supply chain and found that some comes from facilities that use soy grown in the Amazon rainforest.

Greenpeace is calling on KFC and Cargill to ensure that the animal feed they buy does not contribute to the destruction of the Amazon and that none of their soy products are genetically engineered.

Greenpeace – www.greenpeace.org

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  • annonymous

    STOP EATING FAST FOOD !!!!!
    Why not just stop going to the fast food making pigs and let the waste thier money on advertisement they will have to close up shop if nobody goes to thier so called restraunt

  • Jonathan

    crazy comments above but it is still an awful set of circumstances
    Hopefully one day before we lose the rainforest we will realise that there is no need to cut down the rainforest to feed chcikens. The reason it is done I guess is because it means cheaper feed for the chickens so cheaper chickens for us. I would pay an extra 10 cents on the price of my chicken and chips to help save the rain forest and in the end our environment. But the demand has to come from the people, as a company will recognise pretty quickly what there is and isn’t a demand for … and a lot of people just don’t care

  • maneater

    maneateranimallover
    i agree, gun them down and eat them. if we must have meat i dont see why cant go cannibal. why should animals suffer for our tastebuds. humans are the cancer of this planet and cancer must be destroyed. eat human meat!!!

  • maneater

    mizz
    eat human meat eat human meat

  • Guest

    Thanks for the info
    The rainforests are declining ar an alarming rate.

    To the person who said we shoud gun down customers in parking lots:How does that solve anything? All that does is result in people dying and people going to jail. Would you also have families gunned down? You are nothing more than an abomnible monster!

    To the person saying this is just Greenpeace propaganda:This is nothing to take lightly, we need the rainforests because they provide so much extra oxygen, and they’re home to millions of animals. You don’t sound like someone who really cares about animals.

  • Guest

    This is not news….its a propaganda piece from Greenpeace! “illegal” is the lefts favorite word to throw around whe some one does someting they do not like. Built an export terminal, must be illegal….went to war, must be illegal!

  • Guest

    what about people who eat fish?? Is that murder too??

    What about lettuce and tomatos?? Aren’t we killing those precious plants when we eat them??

    MEAT FOR ALL!!! LET’S EAT MEAT!!!

    YOU CAN’T HAVE ANY PUDDING IF YOU DON’T EAT YOUR MEAT!!

  • Guest

    Kentuck Fried Cruelty
    I’m astonished… This cruelty against enviromentalism only feeds the cruelty against animals. While, people eat meat, our planet suffer in the big corporations’ hands. Meat is murder, and to feed it is destruction.

  • Guest

    Kill the customers!
    Obviously the problem is the cusotmers who buy KFC chicken! We have to gun them down in the parking lots for the good of the Amazon!!!

  • Guest

    once again, why aren’t these people going to the source?? Why aren’t they complaining with the brazilian government about protecting the amazon, afterall, the amazon belongs to brazil….right? Well should’t brazil be enforcing the law there?

    I guess they’ve given up on that notion, so now they’re going to try and crucify anyone who BUYS soy from these places in the amazon….why wouldn’t they go directly to the farmers? Or to the brazilian government?

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