RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Two days ago, Brian Schatz, democratic U.S. senator for Hawaii, revealed plans to introduce legislation that would put in place import requirements for agricultural commodities associated with illegal deforestation.
The bill would oblige companies bringing commodities such as beef, leather, palm oil, soy, and cocoa into the U.S. to know where these goods originated and to ensure they were produced in compliance with laws of the country where they were grown or raised. Around half of deforestation in the tropics, where most deforestation is occurring, is the result of illegal clearance for commercial agriculture . . .