Prisoners of the Aracruz project

Indigenous Resistance in Brazil against paper pulp producer

"We will not silence our voices, nor can we because we have a responsibility to denounce the many negative impacts that the communities suffer daily because of the activities of Aracruz, and other companies. We are testifying, denouncing and publishing information about these environmental, social, economic and cultural impacts, so that instead of legitimating and supporting the actions of the company, the Brazilian state starts to respect the rights of these populations and implement changes in the present dominant and perverse development model to which we all are submitted" – Alert Against The Green Desert Movement – 2005

This article gives background information on the pulp producing firm Aracruz Celulose S.A in Espirito Santo, Brazil. They ‘own’ thousands of hectares of eucalyptus plantations, some of which have been established illegally on the lands of indigenous communities. After years of protest these communities have decided to self-demarcate and occupy their lands and reconstruct their original villages.

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Supermarket? Super power!

An article in Dutch about a website that monitors the dubious behaviour of supermarkets. Those chains are big and powerful and have an important say about what we eat and how our food is getting produced. Info in English you can find for example on the site of Corporate Watch.

Onpersoonlijke gangen met koopwaar, eindeloze rijen vreemdelingen en gangpaden vol verpakkingen, nepglimlachen van verveeld kassapersoneel – is er geen betere manier om aan ons voedsel te komen?

Supermarktketens oefenen een enorme macht uit over de manier waarop we ons voedsel verbouwen, kopen en consumeren. Ze bepalen ons milieu, onze gezondheid en de manier waarop we met elkaar omgaan. Deze snel toenemende invloed is nauwelijks bekritiseerd omdat consumenten de glanzende supermarktwereld ingezogen zijn met als argument dat het belangrijk zou zijn om midden in de nacht te kunnen kiezen uit zes verschillende merken spotgoedkope voorgebakken frites. Maar langzaam keert het tij misschien weer…… verder lezen

Union of agriculture workers in Spain is looking for support

This article is only available in Dutch. Below you find a link to a German site as. For English please search for 'SOC', 'Ameria' and 'union'. And you can find some info here on the 'Supermacht' site.

In de tachtiger jaren heeft de anarchistische landarbeidersvakbond SOC (Sindicato de Obreros del Campo) in Andalusië (in het zuiden van Spanje) zich ingezet voor een vergaande landhervorming in deze Spaanse streek. Na de racistische rellen in El Ejido in 2000 houdt het zich vooral bezich met solidariteitswerk voor de vele migranten die in de streek Almeria in de tuinbouw werken. De afgelopen jaren hebben het Europees Burgerforum en diverse coöperaties van Longo maï geprobeerd in de rest van Europa steun te krijgen voor de strijd van het SOC. Nu, in het voorjaar van 2007 wordt de laatste hand gelegd aan een tweede vakbondslokaal voor de arbeiders van de kassen in de 'plastikzee'. Ook daar is weer financiele steun voor nodig. … verder lezen

3th meeting for the free use of seeds

For the conservation of diversity of food crops and common property
May 19 and 20, 2007 in Halle/Saale, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany

text taken from the Longo Mai newsletter, edition March 2007. Not likely that you can find this report in English.

Het idee voor een bijeenkomst in Halle over de betekenis van soortenrijkdom en het gevaar dat zaad, een belangrijke bron van leven, wordt geprivatiseerd, is ontstaan door de ontmoetingen van mensen uit de Longo Maï-coöperaties Hof Ulenkrug in Duitsland, Hof Stopar in Oostenrijk en de Mas de Granier, Treynas en Grange neuve in Frankrijk met het netwerk "Reseau semences paysannes", de vereniging Kokopelli en meerdere initiatiefnemers in Oost-Europa.… verder lezen

Common Ground in Bulgaria

In July 2004 an international meeting on food and farming took place in
Bulgaria. The aim of this event was to network,
inspire, share experiences, be challenged and find a ‘common ground’
amongst environmentalists, farmers and activists from across Europe.
And we succeded in this quite well. Read more in the report on this
site about the meeting and the action we did in Plovdiv to get
attention for the dangers with the new Bulgarian law on GMOs.
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Food Sovereignty

Food
sovereignty is the
peoples’, Countries’ or State Unions’ RIGHT to define their
agricultural and food policy, without any dumping vis-à-vis
third countries. Below you finda text from the small farmers and
peasants network Via Campesina explaning what food sovereignty means
and why it is so crusial a sustainable development.
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Jona and Chikito – An Apple and a Banana as environmental education

ImageA SEED has published a new booklet. One that gives attention to organic fruit. “Jona and Chikito” tells the story about an apple and a banana and the places they come from.
A Dutch apple and a Mexican banana meet each other very unexpectedly. At first they are frightened, but they quickly discover that they've both just had a very long and tiring journey. Why did they travel so far and what all has happened to them?
This story takes a look at industrialised agriculture and is appropriate for both young and older children. … verder lezen

Millions of Eucalyptus seedlings destroyed on Womens Day

On the 8th of March 2006, International Womans day, 2,000 women, members
of the ‘Via Campesina’, destroyed more than 1 million seedlings in a
tree nursery belonging to Aracruz Celulose in Brazil. The Nursery is located in
Barra de Ribeiro, in the most southern state Rio Grande do Sul.
One of the national coordinators of the MST, Cristiane Gomes, affirmed
that this protest was aimed against the use of land for eucalyptus
plantations, land that according to Via Campesina should be used for
the needed land reform and food production. According to
Christiane, Aracruz is planting about 50 new hectares each day in Rio
Grande do Sul, and creates only 1 job per 185 hectares.
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Police violence against the Tupinikim and Guarani in Brazil

On 20 January 2005, three delegates and 120 Federal Policemen from the Command for Tactical Operations carried out a war operation to take the Tupinikim and Guarani indigenous peoples in Espirito Santo state (Brazil) out of the 11,009 hectares of lands they had taken back peacefully in May 2005. Aracruz Celulose controlled these lands for almost 40 years. The police action was based on a decision on 7 December 2005 regarding this case by Federal Judge Rogério Moreira Alves from Linhares, in favour of the Aracruz company.

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