• Categories
  • Archives

Soybean Is Spreading and Destroying Brazil’s Savannah

A survey by Brazil’s Institute of Socioeconomic Studies (INESC) contends that soybean production in the Brazilian states of Roraima, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Pará, Maranhão, Goiás, western Minas Gerais, Bahia, and PiauÀ­ is destroying the savannah’s native flora and fauna and the plantations of family farmers.

"Not even local indigenous communities, with territories demarcated by the National State, are free of pressure to give up their lands for the implantation of soybean monoculture," the document reveals.

Legal recognition of the savannah as one of Brazil’s biomes – which would help in its preservation – is one of the nearly 3,800 proposals drafted during the Municipal, Regional, State, and Sectorial Conferences on the Environment, informed the executive coordinator of the 2nd National Conference on the Environment, Eugênio Spengler. The national conference ends today.

According to the INESC survey, Constitutional Amendment Bill nº 115/95, which provides for the inclusion of the savannah as part of the national patrimony, remains stalled in the National Congress.

"Two years after the minister of Environment, Marina Silva, announced that a specific program would be created for this biome (the savannah), very little or nearly nothing has gotten off the drawing board," the study affirms.

"Pressure from the rural bloc and the agribusiness ‘grassroots’ have, unfortunately, been more adroit and persuasive, imposing their interests on an Administration that is, unfortunately, a hostage of the neoliberal financial formula and its commitment to generating a primary surplus," the Institute contends.

INESC data show that the savannah occupies 315 million hectares, 37% of Brazilian territory.

Every three months the INESC publishes reports analyzing how well government policies are fulfilling the socioenvironmental agenda.

Agência Brasil

Tags:

  • Show Comments (1)

  • Guest

    nothing new……
    that the Brazilian government has not done enough, despite the repeated many promises.

    Promises dont cost anything, after having been elected.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Brazil Expected to Create 3 Million New Jobs This Year

The unemployment rate in Brazil fell to its lowest since January in spite of ...

Scotland Yard Settles with Family of Brazilian Mistaken for Terrorist and Killed

Jean Charles de Menezes's family has agreed on a compensation deal with the London ...

Driving in Brazil and Living to Tell About It

Brazilian drivers have the unfortunate habit of tailgating at highway speeds. To changes lanes ...

Keeping Your Brazilian Social Security Number Is a Yearly Chore

CPF (Cadastro de Pessoa FÀ­sica – Physical Person Registration), a kind of Social Security, ...

Brazil Ready to Cut Airfares Up to 80%

Brazil's National Civil Aviation Agency, which controls commercial flights policy in the country, announced ...

Fallen Brazil’s Chief of Staff Says his Hands Are Clean

José Dirceu, in a speech announcing his resignation as Presidential Chief of Staff, declared ...

If Only Lula Could Show a Little Leadership to Move Brazil Ahead

The penultimate Brazilian President to resign was Jânio Quadros in 1962. Eventually, leftist leaning ...

Brazil Starts US$ 133 Billion, Ten-Year Push in Search of Oil and Gas

Energy corporations will invest US$ 133 billion in the next ten years looking for ...

Without North-South Accord Poor Will Get Poorer, Says Brazil’s Lula

Speaking at a seminar on business opportunities in Brazil, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula ...

40 Years of Road and Brazil’s Ben Jor Is Still Fresh

Jorge Ben Jor needs little introduction ”“ the legendary singer/guitarist has been around the ...