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Food security, poor farmers, and environmental impact are not often discussed when talking about bio-fuels.

By Daniel Cassol

The discussion around clean, renewable energy production is not new, but now it has become more urgent, especially after the beginning of February when the Intergovernmental Panel of Climatic Changes...

[03/29/2007] Call for April 17: International Day of Peasant’s Struggle

The 17th of April is the International Day of Peasant’s Struggle, established after the massacre of 19 landless peasants belonging to the Landless Movement (MST) in Brazil on the 17th of April 1996 during the second conference of La Via Campesina in Tlaxcala Mexico...

Dear Friends of the MST,

Today, April the 3rd, the judge responsible for the 2nd judicial district in Recife, Pernambuco (PE), accepted the request for the provisional release of Landless Rural Worker, Iroilton Pereira de Morais.

The MST militant had been imprisoned since March the 8th, the day he was detained by military police...

Dear Friends of the MST,

The MST recently returned from the African country of Mali. We went as part of a delegation of 12 representatives from Brazilian rural movements and environmentalist groups, joining more than 600 leaders from every continent on Earth. There we met with scientists, environmentalists, women’s movement activists,...

BRAZIL:
No Consensus on Success of Land Reform
Mario Osava

RIO DE JANEIRO, Mar 22 (IPS) - Brazil's land reform programme has settled nearly one million families on small farms of their own in the last 20 years. But there is no consensus on the effort, which the government touts as a success, the landless movement sees as...

Militant Brazilian Opposition to Bush-Lula Ethanol Accords

By Isabella Kenfield and Roger Burbach

São Paulo – During Bush’s visit to Brazil thousands of poor, rural members of the international Via Campesina social movement and the Brazilian Movement of the Landless Rural Workers (MST) orchestrated massive, non-violent occupations...

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BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's government said on Wednesday a plan to tap the Sao Francisco river for drinking and irrigation water was environmentally sound, responding to days of protests against its largest public works project.

The proposal would pump water to residents and farms in Brazil's dry Northeast, where President Luiz Inacio...

The Myth of Biofuels
Tuesday, 13 March 2007
Edivan Pinto - Marluce Melo - Maria Luisa Mendonça*

Recent studies about the impacts caused by fossil fuels contributed in highlighting the theme of bioenergy . The energy matrix is composed of petroleum (35%), coal (23%) and natural gas (21%).On their own, the ten richest countries...

SPECIAL REPORT BRAZIL

Brazil's ethanol slaves: 200,000 migrant sugar cutters who prop up renewable energy boom

Tom Phillips in Palmares Paulista
Friday March 9, 2007
The Guardian

Behind rusty gates, the heart of Brazil's energy revolution can be found in the stale air of a squalid red-brick tenement building....

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