Finland Minister of Finance Mika Lintilä has proposed the European Union (EU) ban Brazilian beef in retaliation for the current fires raging the Amazon Rainforest.

Finland currently holds the EU chairman position, which rotates countries every six months.

Some countries and media outlets are blaming the beef industry for the fires, claiming they are a result of ranchers clearing the land for grazing.

In a statement, Lintilä said he “condemns the destruction of Amazon rainforests and suggests that the EU and Finland should urgently review the possibility of banning Brazilian beef imports.”

The minister is co-leading the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action, which aims to use fiscal policy tools to combat climate change.

Lintila urges the EU to take action now on climate change mitigation, and will discuss further measures with other EU finance ministers later in September at a meeting of EU members.

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