The EU-Mercosur trade agreement allowing 99,000t of additional South American beef into Europe can only come into force if Brazil reverses the devastating deforestation trend observed in recent years, European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan said in an exclusive interview with the Irish Farmers Journal.

"The deal is dead" if Brazil does not respect its commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement, Commissioner Hogan said. These include ending illegal deforestation by 2030 and restoring 12m ha or 1m ha/year of forest over the same period, he added.