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Posted on 5th March 2021
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This news story on the BBC reports that indigenous amazonian groups, backed by NGOs in the US and France, are suing the French supermarket chain Casino, for deforestation in the Amazon caused by producing beef that the supermarket sells.
The litigants say that they can directly link the beef being resold by Casino with a deforested area larger than Paris, in the amazonian jungle.
This move is very much in line with the principle of "the polluter pays", and I heartily approve.
All the while that the current situation, of the environmental costs of big agriculture and industry being paid by society as a whole, continues, there will will be no strong financial motive for companies to clean up their acts.
I certainly don't see why I should pay, through higher taxes and costs of other goods, and through loss of my quality of life, for companies like Casino to maximise their profits through damage to our environment.
Let's hope that their are many more such law suits.