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Brazil: Survival Intl. petition calling on Bunge to stop buying sugarcane produced in ancestral lands of the Guarani tribe; says indigenous were evicted and now live in appalling conditions

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Company response
23 July 2013

Bunge response to items raising concerns about Bunge’s operations in land allegedly of the Guarani tribe in Brazil

Author: Bunge

Bunge has responded to public questions concerning this issue on multiple occasions, including in a letter to Survival International dated 9 September 2012...The lands in question are not owned by Bunge, and the sugarcane sourcing contracts were entered into by the previous owners of the Monteverde mill, before Bunge's acquisition of the facility...these contracts, entered into in good faith, should be honored. The official classification of the lands is in dispute and under review by the Brazilian government. They are not officially recognized as indigenous lands...they have been farmed by the current owners for many years. Bunge will not renew these contracts as they expire, starting in 2013. If the Brazilian government designates the land for indigenous use, Bunge will immediately take steps to cancel the contracts.

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Article
1 July 2013

Guarani tribe vs US food giant [Brazil]

Author: Survival Intl.

US food giant Bunge is sourcing sugarcane from the ancestral land of Brazil’s Guarani tribe...buying the crop from farmers who have developed vast plantations on the land where the Guarani’s forests once stood. The Indians, having been evicted from their land, now live in appalling conditions. The Guarani of Jata Yvary community warn the sugarcane invasion, for Brazil’s booming biofuels industry, is seriously harming them. They say, ‘We want to preserve the forest but [outsiders] are destroying it, and illegally making money from it.’ Please email the CEO of Bunge Brazil urging the company to stop buying sugarcane from Guarani land immediately...

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