Action against agrochemicals in Paraguay

[img_assist|nid=97|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=150|height=113]On December 3rd, various Paraguayan civil society organizations commemorated the international day against agrochemicals. They paraded through the capital city of Asunción and its suburbs to demand that various authorities fulfill their duties of controlling and regulating agrochemicals.

Three cases were presented to the Secretary of Environment, the Municipality of Asunción and the Ministery of Agriculture: first of all, the indiscriminate use of agrochemicals in Paraguay's rural areas, second the location of a chemical factory amidst an urban area in the city of Ñeemby and finally the construction of the Cargill company’s megaport in Asuncion's harbor.

Effects of soy expansion in Paraguay

Paraguayan Film Looks at Dark Side of South American Soy Production
ASUNCION, Paraguay, Nov. 8, 2007 -- (IPS/GIN), by David Vargas:
A sea of green stretches as far as the eye can see on both sides of the dirt road leading to the Paraguayan communities of Lima, Capiibary and Guayaib¡.The huge fields are planted with genetically modified soy, Paraguay's leading export product.
As it takes over more and more land, the crop is leaving sick people, displaced communities and trampled rights in its wake, according to the documentary "Soberan¡a violada," which means "Violation of Sovereignty."

Refugees of the Agro-export model

[img_assist|nid=168|title=|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=106|height=150]Refugees of the Agro-export model is a publication resulting from an extensive field research brought about in 2006 in Paraguayan campesino communities surrounded by soy monocultures. This interdisciplinary study shows a dynamic of empoverishment and degeneration of the ways of life of rural families which causes rural expulsion and migration to cities. The investigation was done in communities in different parts in the country and in the outskirts of the cities Asunción, Ciudad del Este and Caaguazú with the objective to compare living conditions before and after migration.

United Soy Republics. The truth about soy production in South America.

[img_assist|nid=167|title=|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=104|height=150]This book is a compilation of essays and investigations carried out by a network of Latin American activists and researchers. This compilation depicts the current status of the GLOBAL SOY MODEL that dominates the Southern Cone.
Javiera Rulli, editor of this compilation, defines the introduction of the soy model as a war against the population, the emptying of the countryside, and the elimination of our collective memory in order to shoehorn people into towns and convert them into faithful consumers of whatever the market provides. The impacts of this model go beyond the borders of the new Soy Republics. The dehumanisation of agriculture and the depopulation of rural areas for the benefit of the corporations is increasing in the North and in the South.

Cargill : bio-terrorism in Paraguay! Take action.

Real estate speculation caused soy expansion is leading to ever more evictions of rural families and attacks on peasant communities. The violence against the rural population is both direct and indirect. An estimated of 90,000 people are displaced from their land every year, and about six peasant leaders are being assassinated every year because they support the struggle for land reform.

This year, agribusiness is getting ready for a new mega-crop and has announced plans to cultivate 400,000 more hectares of soybean. Those monocultures are to be established in a zone traditionally dedicated to family agriculture, which implies the displacement of whole communities and the substitution of food crops by monoculture crops for export – animal feed and biodiesel feedstock.

Support Paraguayan campesino organisations by sending faxes and/or emails!

Send faxes to governmental institutions in Paraguay to support the peasant farming organisations ASAGRAPA (Asociación de Agricultores del Alto Paraná) and MAP (Movimiento Agrario y Popular). Find a sample fax in attachment. Also here updates will be posted). Members of these organisations are facing death threats, accusations and violence since the start of the soy cultivation season this year.

Campesino Community Tekojoja under attack

PRESS RELEASE november 1st

The community of Tekojoja in Eastern Paraguay has once again found itself under attack, and the Movimiento Agrario y Popular (MAP), the peasant organization involved in the community, is publicly denouncing those responsible. Ever since the beginning of the 2007/08 soy harvest, this small community has suffered the effects of contamination and violence, and an increased disregard for the applicable environmental laws (specifically Law 123/91, Decree 2048/04 and Resolution 485/03).

Tekojoja is the same community that, between 2002 and 2005, was repeatedly attacked by police and soy farmers, who destroyed crops, burnt houses, arrested residents, and eventually killed two of them. The residents, with the help of the MAP, eventually won their case against the soy farmers in September 2006, but other farmers who have full title to land near the community, have continued to cultivate soy and to use pesticides irresponsibly around houses, roads, water sources and schools.

Sustainable soy or destruction under green image?

On Monday october 15th, 2007, in Wageningen (The Netherlands), a conference is being held on "Sustainable Agriculture in Brazil. Responsable soy for food, feed and fuel" On this conference the Brazilian soy lobby, Brazilian minister of agriculture and researchers will talk about strategies to develop and 'realise'sustainable soy production. Various organisations however think that the emphasis should be to stop the expansion of soy production and consumption.

Paraguay's Hour of Change

Raúl Zibechi - 27 September 2007

April 2008 brings presidential elections for Paraguay. For the first time in 60 years the Red Party may find itself thrown out of the presidential palace. Thus will begin the long desired and long delayed transition to democracy in Paraguay.

The 17 years of democracy since the 1989 coup that overthrew dictator Alfredo Stroessner haven't been very different from the 35 previous years. The dictator who had governed the country since 1954 was supported by the same party that still governs the country by means of clientelism, corruption, and a large dose of repression. But on March 29, 2006, the history of this suffering country appeared to undergo a drastic change: more than 40,000 people poured into the streets of the capital, Asunción, to prevent President Nicanor Duarte Frutos from running for re-election, which is prohibited by the Constitution.

El terrorismo biológico de Cargill en Paraguay: un mega puerto que peligra la vida de al menos un millón de personas.

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Asunción, 27 de Septiembre - Javiera Rulli
Abogados, miembros de la organización de consumidores ASUCOOP y el sindicato de la Empresa de Servicios Sanitarios del Paraguay ESSAP, hicieron pública su pronta gestión de presentar un RECURSO DE AMPARO AMBIENTAL, por la construcción del mega puerto de Cargill en la zona de Viñas kue, en las afueras de Asunción, capital del Paraguay.

El puerto proyectado se ubica a sólo 500 metros de las dos tomas de agua que abastecen a la capital y ciudades aledañas. Además se halla río arriba por lo cual los desechos de hidrocarburos de las barcazas, el levantamiento de los sedimentos y la deriva del polvillo y agrotóxicos de los granos afectarán inevitablemente a todo el suministro de agua potable de la región. Esta obra pone en riesgo la salud de 1.100.000 habitantes, el 95% de la población del Municipio de Asunción, los Municipios de Mariano Roque Alonso, Luque, Fernando de la Mora, San Lorenzo, Lambaré y parte de Limpio y Villa Elisa.

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