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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - With the food industry under growing scrutiny for its role in driving deforestation in countries such as Brazil and Indonesia, Britain is drawing up legislation to force the sector to tighten oversight of its supply chains.

In an open letter, some 20 large companies welcomed the plans as a “step forward” but said “it’s not currently envisioned to be enough to halt deforestation and we encourage the government to go further to ... address this issue.”

Signatories included supermarket chains Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Morrison's, and Sainsbury's; food manufacturers Unilever, Nestle, and Greencore Group . . .

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