Sunday, September 26, 2021

Brazil grabs land in Africa

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Mozambique has offered Brazil five million hectares of land on which to grow soya, maize and cotton.
Eviction of indigenous community in Guatemala.
Timothy Wise examines the impact of NAFTA on Mexican agriculture.

Monsanto pushes GM maize

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The biotech giant, Monsanto, is taking advantage of the havoc caused by bad weather in Mexico to push its GM maize (corn).
Argentina, once renowned throughout the world for the large herds of cattle roaming its pampas, has fallen behind Brazil, Uruguay and now even Paraguay in its beef exports.
Since early December, hundreds of private contractors of multinational banana corporation Banacol have illegally invaded and occupied Afro-Colombian peace communities in the Curvaradó river basin in order to clear the land for banana cultivation.
In Peru, water is in short supply because of the need to export agricultural produce. And the problem is getting worse.
The Campesino-to-Campesino agroecology movement of ANAP in Cuba:  Sustainable peasant agriculture, which first arose in Cuba in response to the economic crisis in the early 1990s, has been going from strength to strength.
Activists from Brazil's Landless Movement (MST) are calling on the new President, Dilma Rousseff, to radically reform the country's old agrarian structures, which, they say, perpetuate inequality, injustice and violence.
Students, environmental organisations, unions, church groups in Argentina are protesting, as one of China's most powerful agribusiness firms is acquiring thousands of hectares of land

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