A dozen Greenpeace activists on Monday blocked a soybean warehouse in the port of Saint-Nazaire, to denounce soybean imports into France, an AFP photographer noted. The NGO launched its action at dawn against this Sea Invest soybean warehouse located in Montoir-de-Bretagne (Loire-Atlantique).
The militants chained their necks with locks on the gates, preventing access to heavy goods vehicles. These were the access gates “to a warehouse that stores tons of imported soybeans every month,” Greenpeace said in a statement. Greenpeace activists also blocked “a conveyor belt on which the cargoes are conveyed”. Activists then hung on this mobile conveyor banners on which could be read “Deforestation: highly flammable soybeans”, or “Warehouses full of soybeans / Empty policy”.
“Soy cultivation is one of the major causes of deforestation”
The NGO intended “to denounce the climaticide inaction of France, which imports each year into its ports three million tonnes of soybeans intended to feed our farm animals, without any guarantee or sufficient traceability”, according to Cécile Leuba, responsible for Forests campaign at Greenpeace France cited in the press release.
The action ended in the early afternoon, a representative of Greenpeace told AFP. The activists were evacuated without “violence, very calmly” by the police, she said, specifying that the locks of people chained to the gates had been cut “with a grinder”.
The NGO, which recalls that “soybean cultivation is one of the major causes of deforestation and the destruction of precious ecosystems in Latin America”, emphasizes that “the latest figures for deforestation are once again catastrophic” . According to Greenpeace, “There is an urgent need for the government to take binding action to ensure that our soy imports no longer contribute to destroying forests halfway around the world. “
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