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Company Response

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

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.

This is a response to

"Brazil’s new mining code: What’s the rush?"

Story 22 Jul 2013

Part of the following stories

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

"Brazil’s new mining code: What’s the rush?"