European retailers and investors urge Brazil to block land tenure bill

Environmental advocates claim the bill would encourage deforestation by rewarding land grabbers who illegally occupy properties in the Amazon. Supporters say title would force landowners to comply with regulations limiting deforestation.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A group of European companies, including Tesco and Marks & Spencer, has threatened to stop using Brazilian agricultural commodities if Congress passes a bill changing the land tenure rules for federal and National Institute for Colonization and Agrarian Reform (INCRA) lands.

Environmental advocates warn that the bill would encourage deforestation by rewarding land grabbers who illegally occupy properties in the Amazon forest, often clearing areas for agricultural use . . .

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