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Pretty Wild

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Touch the Soil News #742 (feature photo – John Boehner (former Speaker of the House) is on the board of JBS USA) The corruption scandal of JBS SA – the world’s largest meatpacker headquartered in Brazil – has shaken the faith of millions of people. At issue is not only the bribing of meat inspectors to turn the other eye while exporting compromised meat, but the admission by its top executives (Wesley and Joesley Batista) that the company had paid bribes totaling $112 million to some 1,900 officials and politicians in recent years. J & F Investments of Brazil owns JBS SA of Brazil and also JBS USA here in the United…

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World’s Largest Meat Company Aflame in Corruption

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Touch the Soil News #717 News is rocking around the world on the corruption activities of JBS SA – the world’s largest meat company. We wrote a few weeks back of the corruption scandals surrounding the bribing of Brazilian meat inspectors that led to compromised meat being shipped around the world. The JBS SA bribery activity includes millions of dollars of payoffs to Brazilian President Michel Temer, which now has Brazil in a national uproar for his resignation. In a plea-bargain arrangement, JBS SA senior executives Joesley Batista and Wesley Batista (brothers) revealed that in recent years, they have spent over $112 million USD to bribe nearly 1,900 politicians. What…

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Is Santos Selling Out his People?

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Touch the Soil News #716 (feature photo – Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos – CC SA 3.0 Brazil) Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos is leading his country into what could well be the largest farmland transaction in human history. Santos has been accused of leading one of the most corrupt regimes in Africa by ignoring the economic and social needs of Angola. Santos is also accused of focusing his efforts on amassing wealth for his family and silencing his opposition. While Santos occupies the Presidency of Angola, corrupt regimes usually engage many people who have simply learned and adopted corruption from their predecessors. Angola sits along the West…

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Corruption Begins to Topple World’s Largest Meat Company

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Touch the Soil News #708 (feature photo – Bo Pilgrim statue in front of a facility principally owned by JBS SA – CC SA 3.0) JBS SA, headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil, has the title of being the world’s largest meat processing company by sales. They specialize in beef, chicken and pork. The company has over 150 plants around the world and employs approximately 200,000 people. The company was founded in 1953 and is presently managed and controlled by Joesley Batista and Wesley Batista – both billionaire stockholders. In the United States, most folks have purchased JBS SA meat under the brands of Pilgrim’s Pride (the largest chicken producer in…

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Global Meat Scandal – Food Tremor

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Touch the Soil News #656 (feature photo – Michael Bennett CC SA 3.0) A global food scandal is unfolding as Federal authorities in Brazil arrested and investigate almost 30 Brazilian meat companies. Included in the investigation are JBS SA and BRF SA. JBS SA is the world’s largest meat company overall. BRF SA is the world’s largest poultry exporter. Allegations include bribes to conceal unsanitary meat packing and processing conditions along with using chemicals to doctor up spoiled meat for export. The Federal probe in Brazil has been going on for over 2 years. Now that proof has been obtained for wrongdoing, the impact is having shock waves around the…

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A Sad Story of a Land Far Away – Corrupt Takings of Small Food Farms

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Touch the Soil News #230 Here in America there are established rules, documentation, laws and records that protect owners of land from being dis-placed. In Romania, however, coming out of the Eastern Communist bloc into the European Union has not been an easy transition and documentation over ownership is lacking. “Romania is an example of a ‘perfect storm’ scenario,” says Attila Szocs from Eco Ruralis, an NGO based in Cluj, Romania. “In its transitional economy, where access and control over strategic resources floated from a Communist regime towards local oligarchs and then to corporate businesses, weak national land governance coupled with institutional corruption or passivity paved the way for large…

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