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US food giant involved in scandal – Brazilian Indians face illness and death


US food giant Bunge is sourcing sugarcane from the ancestral land of Brazil's Guarani tribe. The company is 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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Or you can use this text to send an email to ceobrasil@bunge.com:

Dear Mr Pedro Parente,

I am extremely concerned that Bunge is sourcing sugarcane from the ancestral land of the Guarani Indians. The Guarani have expressed extreme opposition to this, and have warned their lives are at risk as they are being kept off their land and exposed to pollution, illness and death. 

Bunge's sourcing of sugarcane from Guarani land violates the Indians' right to their territory and livelihood and to be fully consulted about projects affecting them. It also contradicts the core values stated on your own website. 

I understand you are planning not to renew your contracts once they expire, but the Guarani cannot wait. It is crucial you stop buying this sugarcane immediately. 

Yours sincerely,

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