Over 25,000 of you have signed our petition telling UK supermarkets to remove wildlife killing pesticides from their soya supply chains. Will you now also write to your supermarket CEO?
Use our tool to email the CEO of Aldi, Asda, Co-op, Iceland, Lidl, Marks and Spencer, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Tesco or Waitrose. You can personalise the email before clicking send.
Wildlife, rivers and farmers in Latin America are being poisoned by toxic pesticides used to grow industrial feed for intensive poultry. This poisoning must stop.
What's the issue with animal feed?
Chicken is the UK's favourite meat. We farm a billion birds each year. Almost all of them are housed in industrial units and fed a diet of imported soya.
This soya is sourced from Latin America, primarily Brazil, where it is grown using toxic pesticides. In recent decades, Brazil has become the global epicentre of both soya production and pesticide use, with soya production increasing almost sixfold, and pesticide use by 900%, since 1990.
People expect the food on supermarket shelves to be free from environmental harm. Yet bees, fish, aquatic organisms, macaws, tapirs, birds of prey and bats are among the wild animals being put at risk.
Who is responsible and what can be done?
Many of the pesticides applied to soya crops in Brazil would be illegal to use in the UK or EU, in recognition of their highly hazardous nature and potential for causing harm to the environment and human health.
Our new investigation found that leading British supermarkets are failing to adequately monitor pesticide use in their soya and chicken feed supply chains. None of the supermarkets that were surveyed were taking all appropriate steps to prevent pesticide-related harms associated with soya crops.
While retailers have been taking commendable steps to eliminate deforestation and land-conversion associated with animal feed, pesticide use remains a toxic blind spot.