ACTION ALERT URGENT, PLEASE SHARE WIDELY!
By Rainforest Portal, a project of Ecological Internet, http://www.rainforestportal.org/
February 14, 2012

TAKE ACTION FOR THE AMAZON HERE:
http://www.rainforestportal.org/shared/alerts/sendsm.aspx?id=brazil_forest_code

Brazil's industrial agriculture lobby has forced through their Congress changes to the forest code, the primary legal instrument related to Amazon rainforest protections. It has been done without any scientific inputs, and in a way that will greatly expand industrial agriculture by reducing ecological protections. Newly elected President Dilma Rousseff must be encouraged to veto the bill, something she promised to do during the election. Efforts to address forest code deficiencies must recommence in a manner that incorporate the latest agro-ecological science regarding sustainable agriculture and the importance of large, connected and intact rainforest ecosystems within agricultural landscapes. Without a veto, recent progress in Amazon rainforest protection is at stake just as Brazil is to host the Rio+20 Earth Summit in 2012.

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