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The goal of protecting Nature underpins all our work. It inspires and drives us to secure a future that allows life to flourish.

Normally consumers don’t know that their purchases may come with deforestation, climate pollution, or land-grabbing. In Spain, we investigate the origin of basic commodities used in the production of our food.

Mighty Earth is working to transform the meat and soy industry by persuading supermarkets, financial institutions and governments to end deforestation and abuse of Indigenous communities.

Meat fed with deforestation

Spain is a leading meat manufacturer in the EU. In parallel, the total production of animal feeding in Spain reached, during 2021, 38,553,750 tons (t), which places the country as the leading meat manufacturer in the EU, being among the top ten countries manufacturers of the world.

What about methane?

Methane is a greenhouse gas 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide (CO2) over a twenty-year cycle, and already accounts for almost one fifth of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Animal agriculture is the largest single contributor to methane pollution. Spain’s National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan 2023-2030 lacks targets for reducing methane gas emissions, especially in the agricultural sector which is responsible for 62.7% of these methane emissions.

  • 40%

    of the soybeans imported by Spain come from Brazil. Almost half of it comes from El Cerrado

  • 45%

    amount Spain needs to reduce methane emissions by 2030

  • 14.4% of Spain’s GHG emissions

    Come from methane, the second largest source behind carbon dioxide.

Explore our work in Spain

Retailers must ensure a deforestation free supply chain

What are the policies to avoid deforestation on the shelves of the seven major retailers in Spain?

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Considerations on the EU-Mercosur FTA

EU-Mercosur trade deal would be a disaster for the Amazon, climate and biodiversity

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Is banking synonymous with deforestation?

Banco Santander must stop financing companies which are responsible for major nature damage

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Implementation of the EUDR in Spain

Within the EU, Spain is the third European country with the highest impact on imported tropical deforestation

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Spain’s Zero Deforestation Alliance

We work in close partnership with Spanish leading environmental NGOs, consumer associations and other relevant CSOs

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News

11/Jul/2022
European Supermarkets fail to act on deforestation-linked soy
11/Jul/2022
Supermarkets’ Meat and Dairy Still Linked to Banned Deforestation in Brazil 
01/Apr/2021
Retailer Scorecard 2021
15/Jul/2020
Cargill Hides its Deforestation Impacts in Misleading Report