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 Piauí 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    Your email address will not be published.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 *

    Ads

    You May Also Like

    BR gas distributor

    US$ 7.4 Billion: Brazil Petrobras’s Profit Falls 20% in First Half

    Brazilian state-controlled oil and gas multinational Petrobras had net profit of 13.55 billion Brazilian ...

    Cornfield in Brazil

    Good Weather Brings Brazil Super Soy, Corn and Cotton Crops

    Brazil's National Food Supply Company (Conab) has just disclosed the seventh survey for the ...

    US visa

    US Considers Letting Brazilians Enter the US Without a Visa

    The Obama administration is currently looking at the possibility of extending the visa waiver ...

    Brazil’s Orange Juice Exports to Arab World Grow Four-Fold to US$ 3.3 Million

    Consumption of Brazilian orange juice is increasing in the Arab countries, especially in Saudi ...

    Castelo do Plácido

    In Fortaleza, Brazil, Old Buildings Tell City’s Story

    Founded in the 17th Century by Dutch conquerors,  Fortaleza is one of the few ...

    Cover of MST's pubication Terra Magazine

    Brazilian Democracy Is Working Great… on Paper

    More than 125 million Brazilians will go to the voting booths on Sunday, October ...

    By Not Acting, Brazil’s Chief Blew His Credibility, Says Lula’s Ex-Minister

    Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s national address today was not well received ...

    Cuban-Brazilian Cigar Looking Overseas for Smokers

    Menendez Amerino, the largest cigar producer in Brazil, is betting on the Arab market ...

    Brazil Opens Space to India’s Automaker Mahindra

    One more foreign company is going to start producing cars in Brazil. It is ...

    Brazilian industry

    Analysts Revise Brazil’s GDP Growth 14th Week in a Row, to Over 7%

    Brazilian financial analysts have revised their economic growth projection for this year upwards for ...