1 • WHO HAS THE DECISION-MAKING POWER TO CLEAR THE FARMS?
A. The decision-making is carried out by the meatpacker itself and must comply with the defined rules so the block can be removed. The decision to remove the blockbmust be based on accurate evidence and must also be appraised by annual independent audit processes.
2 • CAN THE ZERO DEFORESTATION BLOCK BE REMOVED?
A. Yes, a supplier farm may be classified as blocked in the occurrence of the so-called "false positive,"which is when a Prodes polygon is mistakenly generated over an area of rocky outcrop, pasture management, etc. The audits should also check this documentation. The rules adopted in the implementation of the G4 Cattle Agreement have not been changed.
3 • ARE THERE OTHER WAYS FOR A FARM TO BE BLOCKED?
A. For cases of blocks due to deforestation and Preserved Area encroachment, multi-temporal geospatial analysis and the recovery of environmental damage are crucial in the process. Annual proof of damage recovery is also required and usually involves the restoration of deforested native vegetation. For documentation cases (environmental license, CAR and GTA), the presentation of legal documents is enough to remove the block. In the case of inclusion in public lists of slave labor and environmental embargoes, the block removal must be preceded by compliance with and completion of the process and removal of the producer from the official government lists.
4 • EXPLAIN FURTHER THE RULE ON BLOCK REMOVAL LIFTING FOR SUPPLIERS WHO HAVE BEEN ACCUSED OF ILLEGAL DEFORESTATION. WHAT IS REQUIRED FOR THE PRODUCER TO RETURN TO SUPPLYING ANIMALS TO THE MEATPACKERS?
A. In order for a supply farm to be considered "qualified to sell to signatories," the producer must sign a commitment with the Public Prosecutor’s Office or with the responsible environmental agency declaring it will not use the area for productive purposes, will remedy the damage caused by the fencing of the area and recover native vegetation, will cover costs inherent in the compliance processes and will carry out the geospatial monitoring for the recovery of the damage.
5 • ARE THERE ALTERNATIVES FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT AFFORD TO HIRE A GEOMONITORING COMPANY?
A. The monitoring can be conducted by the meatpacker itself and the recommendation is for the team to include a geomonitoring expert with broad technical knowledge, who can analyze the protocol criteria and take responsibility for the results generated. The hiring of a geomonitoring company is recommended to increase independence and there are several companies in the market operating in the Amazon region.