Thursday, August 18, 2022

Agriculture & Agribusiness

Mexico: can semi-arid land be saved?

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In Mexico, a university-educated, small-scale peasant farmer came up with an untried innovative solution that not only restores degraded land to productivity, but also greatly enhances soil carbon storage, provides a valuable new crop, and even offers a hopeful diet for diabetics.

Brazil: deforestation financed from US & Argentina

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Communities awaiting compensation from the worst environmental disaster in Brazilian history say they’re being stymied by a convoluted legal process that favors those responsible.

Peru: agri-cultural resistance

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The documentary Mothers of the Land serves as an eye-opening report on the daily lives of female farmers in Peru, and how their traditional way of life is threatened by the modern maladies of capitalism and climate change.

Peru: protecting culture and biodiversity

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A beautifully filmed celebration of traditional ways of knowing, this documentary offers an alternative vision of what true wealth is and what is at stake in the struggle to protect biodiversity.

Brazil: a shutdown for life

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Despairing of any action by the Bolsonaro government, Brazil's MST movement of landless workers organizes rural communities to defend themselves, isolating but maintaining production and supporting members

Brazil: the campaign against science

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Scientists, academics and officials of environmental agencies are being attacked with insults, death threats, gag orders, theft and kidnapping -- organised or encouraged by the Bolsonaro government

Colombia: prospects of the legal cannabis market

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The emerging Colombian cannabis market has a predicted value of $54 billion USD by 2025. Its potential to uphold the peace agreement, create jobs for rural farmers and boost the national economy is remarkable, although there are stubborn obstructions to progress.

Resisting state violence in Cauca, Colombia

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Filmed over three years between 2017 and 2019, Bajo Fuego is an engaging, enraging portrait of a community’s struggle against state abandonment, economic collapse, and a rising tide of violence

Bolsonaro is a double danger to the world

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By letting Covid multiply Brazil's president endangers the whole world. As do his policies which promote the destruction of the Amazon rainforest. Lula has been exonerated. Will he now run in 2022?

Amazon landgrabbing enabled by Facebook

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Brazil's land grabbers are posting the plots they’re selling on Facebook because the lawbreakers say they have virtually no fear of prosecution. Facebook said that it was “ready to work with the local authorities” to investigate the alleged crimes but that it would not be taking action on its own.

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