In the Brazilian Cerrado, on the nation’s agricultural frontier, rapid deforestation by expanding agribusiness, depletion of water resources, and an unsympathetic government are further complicating the resolution of the long-time struggle over land rights.
The student group Divest Harvard hosted a day of events calling attention to Harvard’s ownership of Brazilian land and reigniting its calls for the school to sell those holdings in the name of environmentalism.
Com frequência, os incêndios são usados para afugentar moradores das áreas visadas, além de valorizar as terras – artimanha muito usada na Amazônia. Pelo choque de tantos interesses, há tensão entre povos indígenas, quilombolas e posseiros ou arrendatários. Em geral, o resultado é a destruição do que ainda resta de Cerrado no Matopiba.
Blackstone, owned by a top US Republican party donor, has launched two funds dedicated to buying farmland in Brazil that work with Brazilian companies to get around laws restricting direct foreign ownership.
Grassroots International is supporting partners and allies in a global campaign to stop violent and illegal land grabs at their source: the massive financial investments of pension funds and college endowments.
Harvard University, the US pension fund manager TIAA/Nuveen and Japan's Mitsui are among the foreign companies buying up Brazilian farmlands that are responsible for over 420,000 ha of deforestation in the Cerrado since 2000.