In 2017, Brazilian authorities decided to ban paraquat because of its links to Parkinson’s disease. But since then, imports have increased, and restrictions have been relaxed due to pressure from foreign chemical companies. Translated by Tom Gatehouse. You can read the original (in Portuguese) here. This is the second in a series of articles...
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro aroused global indignation in November when he affirmed: ‘Look, you’re not going to do away with deforestation, or the burning – its cultural’. But if he had said: ‘Look, you’re not going to do away with deforestation or the burning, because they are supported by federal laws passed before I became president’, he would have been closer to...
On 10 December, Alberto Fernández and his deputy Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (no relation) assumed the Argentine presidency marking an end to the right wing administration of Mauricio Macri. The General Election had been held on 27 October with 33,858,733 Argentines heading to the polls, representing a turnout of just under 82%. The victorious Fernández, at the helm of...
Amnesty international has launched a new report into illegal cattle farming in the Brazilian Amazon.Cattle farming is the main driver of illegal land seizures that violate human rights in Reserves and Indigenous territories.Satellite imagery and official data reveal evidence of cattle farming in protected areas.By gaining access to animal health agencies’ data on farm registrations and cattle...
This is the first of a series of articles contributed by LAB partner Agência Pública from São Paulo, Brazil. It brings together material first published in the series 'Amazônia sem Lei' on Agência Pública's website. You can see the original and other material (in Portuguese) here. 97.7% of conflict...
Brazil is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world and contains 20% of the Earth´s water springs – but all this is threatened by the development model implemented in the countryside. In the west region of Bahia, in the Northeast of the country, communities are feeling the effects of land and power concentration in their...
In Colombia, a new voluntary crop substitution programme was designed with participation of many of the small-scale coca producers themselves. This was a key component of the Peace Agreement signed between the former Government and the now demobilized insurgent group, FARC-EP. Although the new Government of President Ivan Duque is largely failing to comply with its part...
11 August 2019, São Paulo. Each day the list of outrageous, insulting, untruthful comments by the president grows longer as President Jair Bolsonaro takes aim at scientists, environmentalists,  lawyers, foreigners, gays, indians, civil servants, anyone who crosses his sights, while at the same time declaring his ‘passionate’ love for Donald Trump.  Murdered political...
Dear LAB Supporter and Friend, 31 July 2019 Migration and Displacement at crisis point In addition to our website, LAB’s Facebook page provides a daily stream of summaries and links to articles published elsewhere. In this and future newsletters we will mention some of these, with the...
The Mbyju’i Communal Land Association: protector of the common good. by Andrew Nickson Origin: The association goes back to the old days when, lacking land of their own, small cattle farmers in Santa Rosa occupied state-owned land on the banks of the Tebicuary River to use for pasture.

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