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16 August 2010 |

Countryside without People

Interview with Adriana Mezadri, from the Movement of Peasant Women of Brazil

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The mechanism known as REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) is a “false solution” designed to benefit big transnational corporations since it allows them to expand their businesses and consolidate a polluting model.

This is what Adriana Mezadri, from the Movement of Peasant Women of Brazil, said in an interview with Real World Radio. She is one of the participants at an event organized by Friends of the Earth Latin America and the Caribbean, the Global Forest Coalition, ETC and Grain, at the 4th Americas Social Forum, which is taking place in Paraguay.

Mezadri is member of an organization with over 20 years of history, present in 21 Brazilian states and which denounces the activities of agribusiness corporations such as Aracruz, Stora Enso, Votorantim, Monsanto and Cargill.

These companies are causing the displacement of indigenous and peasant communities in Brazil, and according to Mezadri, peasant women are the worst hit.

“In the countryside, women are the support of the family and they are forced to emigrate to cities where they can´t grow anything. Prostitution is also a consequence of monoculture plantations”, she warned.

Mezadri also said that the expansion of eucalyptus plantations in the South, soy in the North and mining in other areas of Brazil, has clearly led to a “countryside without people”.

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