13 Dec '13, 12pm

Why are Brazilian senators trying to make it easier to destroy the Amazon to grow sugar cane?

With deforestation rising after years of decline, why are Brazilian senators trying to make it easier to destroy the Amazon to grow sugar cane? Since 2009, the Brazilian government has outlawed the growing of sugar cane in the Amazon. Yet last Tuesday, the Senate Commission of Science, Technology, Innovation, Communication and Computing approved a new regulation that permits planting of sugar cane in the Amazon. This is just another symptom of the rise of the Ruralistas, wealthy and powerful agriculturalists that have taken over much of Brazil's government. Piece by piece, the Ruralistas are waging war on the Amazon and the laws that protect it. Last year, they successfully changed the Forest Code - despite massive opposition from the Brazilian public - removing many of the legal barriers to rainforest destruction . They are trying to remove indigenous peoples' hard-won ri...

Full article: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/forests/brazilian-agrib...

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