Thousands of tons of coffee and cocoa are being prepared to be destroyed in the EU as part of the fight for climate change (2 photos)
Climate activists in the EU don't just stick themselves to the asphalt and ruin pictures. There are plenty of them in power too. In June, the European Union passed a law that prohibits the sale of products produced in areas where tropical forests are deforested. Products that were produced and sent to EU warehouses before December 2024 may not comply with this law and will be destroyed. This is how the European Union fights climate change in its own way.
Hundreds of tons of coffee beans and cocoa stored in European Union (EU) warehouses could be destroyed under a law passed in June banning the import of goods made from deforestation and child labor. The Financial Times reports this. We are talking about coffee, cocoa, palm oil and rubber that came from deforestation areas.
International Trade Center executive director Pamela Coke-Hamilton noted that if a product goes on the market during the transition period, it will not be destroyed. But if it lingers in warehouses and is scheduled for delivery after this period, it will be liquidated.
According to the exchange, in the summer there were 200 thousand tons of cocoa and 150 thousand tons of coffee in warehouses. The Financial Times writes that these products do not undergo customs procedures immediately upon arrival in the EU and can remain in customs warehouses for more than 18 months.
The newspaper notes that, for example, about 70% of the world's cocoa is produced in Ivory Coast and Ghana, where deforestation and child labor are common. The largest coffee producers are Brazil, Indonesia, Vietnam and Colombia.
According to new rules adopted in the European Union, companies will have to confirm that their goods are not produced in areas where deforestation has occurred since December 31, 2020.