Brazil lawmakers set to vote on divisive forest law

Activists are warning that a proposed revamping of Brazil's tough environmental law could roll back recent historic gains in the fight against Amazon deforestation by opening parts of the rainforest to farming and increasing impunity for violators.

Brazil's agricultural lobby, which has maintained a decade-long fight for changes to the country's Forest Code, contends the bill would make pragmatic changes to an overly strict law that is unfair to farmers and ranchers.

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