About 3,000 landless families from the Heirs of May 1st Struggle Encampment occupied, on the morning of Thursday, January 17, 2015, the Fazenda Rio das Cobras, of the Araupel company [a large Brazilian lumber and wood products company] between the municipalities of Rio Bonito do Iguaçu and Iguaçu Falls (PR).
You've been following all these years our activities in the struggle for agrarian reform and a Brazilian society with more equality and social justice.
The political-ideological training and the educational process are as important to the MST as conquering the land in order to work and produce food.
Dear Friends of the MST,
We came to your presence to inform you of some very important recent events that happened in the struggle for Brazilian Agrarian Reform, and the situation in the countryside in general.
In recent years, capital has been implementing the model of agricultural production of agribusiness that we have denounced as perverse to the interests of the Brazilian people. A model based on monoculture, intensive use of poisons that contaminate food, unemployment and the expulsion of the rural population. A model that destroys biodiversity and has serious consequences for the climate balance.
Despite its perverseness, which gives profit only to a minority of farmers and 50 transnational companies that dominate Brazilian agriculture, it achieved hegemony through the media, which influences the government and society claiming that this is the only possible model for production.
Behind this ideological hegemony, protected by the media, also hides landlordism, unproductive, that continues accumulating land with more archaic methods.
In February, the MST held its 6th Congress, gathering more than 15,000 MST delegates and 200 international guests in Brasilia, the Brazilian capital. The Congress also celebrated the 30th anniversary of the founding of the MST.
On August 13, 2014, Ana Chã discussed the role of mística and culture in the development of the Landless Worker’s Movement. As explained by Ana, mística is more than singing and storytelling. “Mística is way for peasants to summarize their experiences of occupying land and struggling for agrarian reform.
Ana Manuela Chã visited the Bay Area to attend a conference on climate change. After the conference, Ana was given a tour of some of the public art in the Bay Area – murals.
by João Pedro Stedile and Osvaldo León
ALAI AMLAT-en, 02/07/2014.- Since the 1980s, we are living in a new phase of capitalism, marked by the hegemony of finance capitalism and transnational corporations, which have gained control of the production of the principal commodities and world trade, generating structural change in agricultural production.
This control over goods by financial capital that circulates in the world in proportions five times greater than their equivalent in actual production (255 billion dollars/year in currency, for 55 billion dollars/year in goods), transforms natural assets – such as land, water, energy, minerals – into mere commodities under its control. And due to this, there is an enormous concentration of property in land, natural assets and food.
In effect, at the present time, close to one hundred food and agriculture transnationals (such as Cargill, Monsanto, Dreyfus, ADM, Syngenta, Bunge, etc.) control the greater part of world production of fertilizers, agrochemicals, pesticides, agro-industries and the food market. This is because foods are now sold and subject to speculation in international markets, like any raw material (iron, petroleum, etc.), and the big financial interests acquire millions of tons of food for speculation. Millions of tons of soya, maize, wheat, rice, even harvests not yet planted, for the year 2018, are already sold. That is to say, millions of tons of grain that do not exist already have owners.
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Written by PSTU - Brasil
BY ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON AND JOSHUA GOODMAN
The Associated Press - June 11, 2014
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