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U.K. to Help Protect World’s Forests With Laws for Shops and Restaurants

  • Environment Bill to ban products sourced from protected land
  • McDonalds and Tesco among 21 companies seeking tougher laws
The measures are meant to help protect forests in places like the Amazon River basin.

The measures are meant to help protect forests in places like the Amazon River basin.

Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg

The U.K. moved to stop supermarkets and restaurants from selling products linked to illegal deforestation, part of an effort to put climate-protection policies at the heart of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s agenda.

The government said the Environment Bill now before Parliament will make it illegal for businesses operating in the U.K. from selling beef, soy and other key commodities sourced from land that is protected by local laws. The measures are meant to help protect forests in places like the Amazon River basin.