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By Claire Colley and Andrew Wasley

More than 61 million chickens were rejected because of diseases and defects at slaughterhouses in England and Wales over a three-year period, according to figures analysed by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and the Guardian.

Broilers, chickens raised for meat, were the worst affected with almost 59 million defects recorded. More than 39 million broilers arrived and were rejected at slaughter due to disease — approximately 35,000 every day.

The inspection findings, compiled from Food Standards Agency (FSA) data, resulted in either part of a bird or a whole bird being condemned and rejected for human consumption. …

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Cattle ranching in Brazil has been linked to deforestation. Picture: Greenpeace

By Andrew Wasley and Alexandra Heal

Analysts at global banking giant HSBC have sounded the alarm over the potential risks of investing in JBS, the world’s biggest meat company, after a string of investigations raising concerns about Amazon deforestation issues in its beef supply chain.

The meat giant “has no vision, action plan, timeline, technology or solution” for monitoring whether the cattle it buys originate from farms involved in rainforest destruction, according to analysis by the bank, which has substantial investments in the troubled meat packing firm.

Revealed: new evidence links Brazil meat giant JBS to Amazon deforestation

In a recent financial report on JBS — obtained by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism — HSBC analysts said they had asked the company “multiple times” about its plan to address deforestation but appeared to be unsatisfied, leading them to conclude that “the pressure is on JBS”. …


Award-winning food journalist Andrew Wasley has spent the best part of two decades investigating the hidden costs of cheap meat. He’s revealed the brutal conditions inside factory farms and abattoirs, exposed the devastating environmental impacts of industrial agribusiness and uncovered shocking food safety scandals that put the health of millions at risk. This is the full, inside story of his journey into the heart of the global meat machine. Photo journalist Jo-Anne McArthur has been documenting the lives of animals, including those used for food, for nearly 20 years. Her award-winning reportage has taken her to more than sixty countries.

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Forest fires in Brazil— often linked to land clearance for beef cattle farming — have provoked global concern. Picture: Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace

Beyond a dense strip of forest, off a narrow single-track road in north west Poland, is what looks to the casual observer to be a man-made fishing lake, or perhaps a small reservoir. …


Andrew Wasley

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