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It’s More Dangerous Than Ever to be an Environmentalist. Here’s Why.

Will Potter, GreenIsTheNewRed Waking Times In the days before he was gunned down in the doorway of his home in the Brazilian Amazon, environmental activist and union leader Chico Mendes knew he was a marked man. He had heard that a meeting of ranchers had been called to plan his death; he had seen, in

Brazil Confirms Amazon Deforestation Increase

Mongabay Waking Times Data released by the Brazilian government Friday confirms an increase in Amazon forest loss. Brazil’s National Space Research Institute, INPE, updated data from its near-real-time deforestation tracking system, known as DETER. The system showed a near five-fold increase in forest loss during May 2013 relative to a year earlier, from 99 square

Tribe Rejects $9million Payment From Electricity Company Behind Destructive Amazon Dam

Mongabay Waking Times Leaders of more than two dozen Kayapó indigenous communities have rejected a $9 million offer from Brazilian state energy company Eletrobras to fund development projects in their region due to the the firm’s involvement in the construction of the Belo Monte dam, reports Amazon Watch, an activist group fighting the hydroelectric project.

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Empowering Local Farmers to End Hunger

An example can be taken from Belo Horizante where the government simply opened some doors and empowered local farmers to meet the needs of the community.

The Killing Fields: Growing Soy in South America

Waking Times What are the true costs of growing Soy in South America? In Paraguay over 2.6 million hectares are used for growing soy, which is primarily used as animal feed for factory farms in Europe.  While European farmers may delight in having access to cheap GMO food for their meat farms, this practice has

Brazilian Court Demands Nestle Label GMO Ingredients

Anthony Gucciardi Waking Times It appears another victory has been declared in the battle against Monsanto and GMO ingredients. According to a major Brazilian business publication and GMWatch, a Brazilian court has demanded that multi-billion dollar food giant Nestle label all of their products as genetically modified that have over 1% GMO content. The ruling reportedly coincides with Brazilian law

Brazil Court Orders Halt to Work on the Belo Monte Dam

Rodrigo Bravo, Staff Writer Waking Times The huge Belo Monte dam project along the Xingu River in Brazil’s Amazon has been fiercely resisted by indigenous populations and those who understand the significance of further industrializing the Amazon.  In the fight against this massive project (the dam would be the world’s 3rd larges), it has seemed

Brazil Introduces Legislation To Protect Public Health From Processed Foods

Prevent Disease The Brazilian government has introduced legislation to protect and improve its traditional food system, standing in contrast to the governments of many industrialized countries that have partly surrendered their prime duty to protect public health to transnational food companies, argue nutrition and public health experts writing in this week’s PLoS Medicine. Carlos Monteiro and

‘John of God’ Cures Thousands in Brazil

Every week using mainly his hands but also armed with scissors, a knife and scalpel, Joao Teixeira de Faria, a self-styled Brazilian medium and “psychic surgeon,” treats thousands of sick people who claim to be cured. Among those who have sought the services of the healer known as “John of God” has been none other than Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the popular Brazilian ex-president, now said to be in remission from larynx cancer.

The Fight for Amazonia: The Internet Indians (Video)

“The internet is our weapon. We gave up fighting with bows and arrows a long time ago,” says Benki Piyako, the son of the chief of the Ashaninka in the Brazilian rainforest. “We all need to be interconnected if we want to live in safety on our territory.”

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