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Dear Friends of the MST,

We have below the text of Silvia Ribeiro, researcher from the Mexican ETC group, who studies the impact of the introduction of transgenic seeds into rural cultures and the dominion of the world seed market.

World Bank Against Biosecurity

By Silvia Ribeiro

The basic role of...

By Fabio Murakawa

SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva enjoys a big lead in opinion polls ahead of the country's presidential election on October 1, despite opposition from the powerful farming and food industry...

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SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) -- Authorities are evicting thousands of peasants who have been ordered off ranches in northern Brazil by a court ruling obtained by the land owners, officials said Thursday.

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La Vía Campesina will form an agro-ecological contingent in Latin America

Fausto Torrez

ATC, CLOC-Vía Campesina

An agreement of technical agrarian cooperation was signed by La Via Campesina -MST and the Bolivarian Government of Venezuela on September 26, 2005, in Sabaneta, which is in Alberto Arvelo Torrealba...

[07/17/2006] MST and others hold rally in support of the Arab People, against Free Trade Agreement with Israel

Social movements in Brazil held a rally today in front of the Israeli embassy in Brasília, denouncing the Free Trade Agreement between Mercosul and Israel signed on December 8th, 2005 by representatives of Argentina, Brazil,...

What future do you prefer?

Dear MST friends,

The world's food supply is under threat. If one of the ten corporations
that control the sale of seeds in this planet decides to suspend the
marketing of rice, for example, this item would be missing from the
dining tables of Brazilians. We are talking about a 21...

Court frees Stang murder suspect
BBC News, June 29 2006
**MORE NEWS BELOW**

Brazil's Supreme Court has freed a man awaiting trial on charges of orchestrating the murder of a Catholic nun and activist, Dorothy Stang.

In a three-to-two vote, the Court decided keeping Regivaldo Pereira Galvao in custody violated his...

Dear Friends of the MST,

We would like to share a portion of text below, written by the Benedictine monk Marcelo Barros for the Fifth Conference of Agroecology—Developing a Popular and Sovereign Project for Agriculture. The encounter occurred in Cascavel, Paraná on June 7-10, where it brought together more than 5,000 agriculturists...

Over 20 years ago, Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement (MST) was born. Through continued grassroots organizing, political education and mass nonviolent action, over 350,000 landless families have won title to land – roughly one million people! These families now farm over 20 million acres of agricultural lands, ensuring their own food security...

On July the 31st of 2004, over 400 MST families occupied the Santa Filomena Estate in Brazil’s southern state of Paraná. During the occupation, MST activist Elias de Meura, 20 years of age, was shot and killed by gunmen hired to keep the landless from occupying the estate.

The families have continued to refuse to leave the estate,...

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