Brazil: After vetoing pro-agriculture provisions, president signs controversial forest code; enviros still wary, farmers may sue
(Reuters) - Brazil enacted a controversial law on Thursday meant to protect forests and force farmers to replant trees on scattered swathes of illegally cleared land totaling an area roughly the size of Italy.
The law, signed by President Dilma Rousseff, overhauls the "forest code," a set of laws unchanged for decades that dictates the minimum percentage and type of woodland that farmers, timber companies and others must leave intact on their properties.
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