Americas Program Biodiversity Report – July 2010

Bolivian environmental organizations and indigenous groups that supported Evo Morales in his election to the presidency demand that his government stop exploiting oil resources in the Bolivian Amazon due to its serious impacts on the environment, including the destruction of biodiversity, and erosion of the livelihoods of the indigenous peoples that inhabit the region.

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Citizen Coalition Scores Victory Against Food Speculation

Debate over the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, signed into law by President Obama on July 21, has focused on the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that will bring notable improvements for U.S. consumers. But the more obscure derivatives section of the law contains reforms that will help stabilize global food and energy prices–changes that will especially benefit the poorest communities around the world.

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Haitian Peasants March against Monsanto Company for Food and Seed Sovereignty

On June 4th about ten thousand Haitian peasants marched to protest U.S.-based Monsanto Company’s ‘deadly gift’ of seed to the government of Haiti. The seven-kilometer march from Papaye to Hinche—a rural area on the central plateau–was organized by several Haitian farmers’ organizations. The rural social movements propose a development model based on food and seed sovereignty instead of industrial agriculture.

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Americas Program Biodiversity Report, June 2010

Costa Rican environmentalists decry war against biodiversity; in Brazil, the World Rainforest Movement calls Norway to task for its alleged double-dealing; in Chile, civil society is on the move against genetically modified (GM) crops, while Bolivia’s president Evo Morales declares them unwelcome in his country; the monthly report concludes with the agroecology letter from Havana.

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