[OPE-L] accelerated destruction of the Amazon rainforest

From: Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM
Date: Sat May 21 2005 - 10:21:53 EDT

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I heard about this on the BBC nightly news the other day.  The BBC
report claimed that the Green Party had withdrawn from a coalition
with Lula's Workers' Party in protest over the inability and/or 
unwillingness of the government to stop the destruction of the 
Amazon rainforest.  The report above claims that about half of the rainforest
destroyed last year was in the  state of Mato Grosso  whose governor 
owns the world's largest soybean corporation.  Most of the soy is for
export and the BBC report claimed that it was largely responsible for
the trade surplus in agricultural products from Brazil last year.

Why hasn't the Lula government taken actions that (effectively) prevent the
further destruction of the rainforest?

In solidarity,  Jerry

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