The EU deforestation-free regulation does not provide a legal basis for protection of data privacy of millions of hectares from foreign farmers (Photo: Dave Herring)

Are EU deforestation rules about recolonising the Global South?

The European Union's Deforestation-Free Regulation (or EU-DR) is the new EU tool claimed to address deforestation — by imposing a unilateral rule that obliges companies importing certain goods to certify that such products are not linked to deforestation, after 31 December 2020.

Those targeted products are either in direct competition with the EU's products such as beef...

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