MST re-occupies Farm of Veracel (Stora-Enso and Aracruz Celulose)-Photo Courtesy/MST
The workers had already planted beans, maize, manioc, pumpkin, watermelon, okra, sweet cabaca, gherkin, sweet potato and vegetables during more than 100 days of occupation. They had already collected 20 sacks of beans and the maize was already ready for harvesting when they were forced to leave the area because of a court decision. All the food crops were destroyed by Veracel. And what remained has been contaminated by pesticides. For Mrs Maria, 64 years old, "This is an insult against the workers. Many people are starving, many of us were in town facing many difficulties and Veracel destructs our food crops in front of our eyes. This hurts in our soul. So paper is more important that our lives", she concludes with tears in her eyes.
The workers occupied also the farm Sao Francisco of Veracel in the municipality of Porto Seguro. In this place, about 80 families constructed their tents and they also try to realize their dream to feed their children. This area is located only 10 kilometers from the coast, and according to legislation of the state of Bahia, no eucalyptus could have been planted there.
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