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‘Social dumping,’ toxic spray and other hazards of the banana plantation

By Mark A. Bonta / November 12, 2018 / Comments Off on ‘Social dumping,’ toxic spray and other hazards of the banana plantation

Ecuador’s banana workers are little more than slaves, exploited in numerous ways and poisoned to death by the very air they breathe, says activist Jorge Acosta. He ought to know — he was once one of the poisoners. Acosta, at one time a spray-plane pilot, stepped out the cockpit and into the role of passionate […]

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Will Brazil’s ‘Soybean Railroad’ divide the Amazon?

By Mark A. Bonta / November 11, 2018 / Comments Off on Will Brazil’s ‘Soybean Railroad’ divide the Amazon?

As bad as roads have been for the Brazilian Amazon, a new rail system serving the soy industry could make things far worse. The so-called Grainrail — the dream of giant transnational grain traders ADM, Bunge, Cargill and Louis Dreyfus, the Brazilian soy trader Amaggi, and their domestic government and business allies — is likely […]

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Will accountability come to Hudbay?

By Mark A. Bonta / September 4, 2018 / Comments Off on Will accountability come to Hudbay?

Q’eqchi’Maya women suing a Canadian mining company for alleged human rights violations have “changed our law for the better,” one lawyer told The Guardian. Irma Yolanda Choc Cac and ten other women say that employees of a Hudbay subsidiary committed rape, arson and murder in a campaign against anti-mining activists in Guatemala. The case has […]

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