Guarani people in Brazil. Tribal representatives have said they ‘don’t want sugarcane planted on our land anymore…it harms our health, including the health of our children, and elderly people, and the poison contaminates the water.’
A US food giant has been implicated in a sugarcane scandal in Brazil that has kept an entire indigenous community [...]
Bolivian leader Evo Morales frequently invokes in his speeches the facts revealing the subversive role taken by the US Embassy in Bolivia. It put obstacles in the way of organizing the Bolivian national assembly and encouraged separatism in the five of Bolivia’s provinces which sit on important deposits of natural reserves and contribute 75-80% of [...]
CNBC reports: ‘With corn prices having rallied almost 50 percent since early June, soybean prices up 30 percent and wheat prices having risen some 40 percent, commodity traders like Louis Dreyfus are in for bumper profits.’
The U.S. drought sent grain prices to record highs and destroyed a large part of this year’s grain production. [...]
Ecuador President Rafael Correa has said that USAID-supported projects are designed to undermine administrations Washington dislikes. ‘It’s a recipe that’s been used repeatedly in Latin America against countries with progressive governments,’ Correa said, suggesting that USAID-backed programs had helped create the environment for an attempted coup in Venezuela in 2002. ‘They can’t beat us [...]
Grains trader Bunge Ltd has been exporting small quantities of Brazilian corn to the United States this year, and it may export more if drought continues to damage the United States crop.
The company’s vice-president of agribusiness and logistics, Murilo Braz Sant’anna, said Thursday he doesn’t think current differences between a booming Brazilian crop [...]
Colombian and U.S. soldiers set up communications in a warehouse, August 7 at Fort Sam Houston in preparation for Fuerzas Aliadas Panamax. Commonly known as PANAMAX, the U. S. Southern Command sponsored exercise brings U. S. Army South and 17 other partner nation military air and land sea forces together in a joint and [...]
Cargill Inc said on Thursday that quarterly earnings fell 82 percent, the giant U.S. agribusiness firm’s worst quarter in more than 20 years, hurt by volatile commodity markets and weak margins in key areas like beef and oilseeds.
The results, the third weak quarter in the last four, were for the three months ending in [...]
Union member Carlos Arturo Castro Casas, a 41 year-old engineer and father of three, was killed while working on May 23, 2011. His union, SINTRAEMCALI, which represents public sector workers, reported that Castro Casas was was killed while working in the El Poblado sector of the city. The car he was travelling in was [...]
Cargill exports feed to Europe from its facility in Santarem, Brazil. The measure in this Reuters article is aimed at ending ‘price manipulation’ of inter-company imports and exports that allow multinational companies to evade Brazilian taxes.
Brazil cracked down on multinational commodities firms Wednesday with rules to block them from shifting tax liabilities to [...]
A shift in the Chinese diet has created a high demand for grain to feed beef cattle.
World grain prices should remain “very firm” over the near term as demand from Asia exceeds forecasts and dry weather cuts into supply, the senior economist of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Monday.
Peru has stood for years by Argentina in its dispute over the ownership of the Falkland Islands, even sending fighter planes to Argentina during its 1982 war with Britain over control of the islands. The U.K. is the second largest source of foreign investment in Peru.
On Monday, Peru reversed an earlier decision by [...]
Ollanta Humala, President of Peru
Peru’s President Ollanta Humala said today his country won’t tolerate any foreign impositions on its internal affairs. The Andean leader alluded to the resolution to prevent the UK’s HMS Montrose frigate from docking at El Callao port in Lima after ending its patrol mission in the disputed Malvinas Islands.
Puerto Rosario, Argentina. Argentina is the world’s third-largest soybean exporter behind the U.S. and Brazil.
Argentine trucks carrying grains to ports on the Parana River declined by 72 percent compared with a year earlier amid a strike, data from the Rosario Cereals Exchange showed.
Only 1,674 trucks arrived at grain ports in Argentina’s Santa Fe [...]
An expected series of strikes will delay many shipments, but the overall effect on international grain markets is expected to be muted.
A strike would have to extend 20 days or more before global buyers are likely to shift purchases to the U.S. instead of Argentina, said Terry Reilly, analyst with Citigroup in Chicago. [...]
Latin American women Campesina women promoting native seed fairs. Photo by Julio César Mereles/Latin America Press.
Traditional food systems are disappearing as large-scale farming expands.
Farming, as a campesino or indigenous family practice that for centuries ensured natural food on Paraguayan land, is threatened by a small number of producers that are developing a farming [...]