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Brazil: Shell & Cosan drop plans to source sugar cane from land allegedly stolen from indigenous tribe

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Author: Fiona Watson, Survival International

Una empresa de biocombustibles propiedad de Shell en Brasil ha descartado seguir adelante con sus…planes para producir caña de azúcar en tierra arrebatada a un pueblo indígena…Raízen…una joint venture entre Shell y …Cosan para producir biocombustible a partir de caña de azúcar…[que] se cultiva en tierras que los guaraníes…reclaman como suyas...[y cuyos] líderes son regularmente asesinados por pistoleros…a instancias de los propietarios de las plantaciones de caña de azúcar y de los ganaderos…se compromete a consultar con…[las autoridades estatales], para evitar cualquier inversión o expansión en zonas de conflicto que pudieran ser reconocidas como indígenas en el futuro…

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13 June 2012

Shell scraps controversial biofuels plan after Brazilian Indian protest

Author: Survival Intl.

A biofuels company set up by Shell in Brazil has scrapped controversial plans to source sugar cane from land stolen from an indigenous tribe...The company, Raizen, was established in 2010 as a joint venture of Shell and Brazilian ethanol giant Cosan to produce biofuel from sugar cane. But some of its sugar cane is grown on land claimed by the Guarani tribe, one of the most persecuted and impoverished in South America. Their leaders are regularly killed by gunmen acting for the sugar cane growers and cattle ranchers who have taken over almost all their land. Now Raizen has agreed to stop buying sugar cane from land declared as indigenous by the Ministry of Justice.

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