Written by Alex Ortmann, ESLLC 2016-2017
The lowlands of Brazil’s north amazon have, for years, been a place made up of local small operation farmers. Specifically, Amapá, Brazils least developed state, is now being threatened by corporate interests. Within recent years, thousands of hectares of fertile farm land traditionally used for valuable crops to the human diet, are now being bought and used for soya, a crop commonly used for animal feed. This is a trend thatt has been traveling through farm communities across Latin America. The Large scale growing of soya has resulted in negative social and ecological consequences. Many farmers and their families have been displaced do to corporate buying of properties and the large scale growth of the crops has caused expatiated deforestation.
Unfortunately, soya harvesting is just the beginning of the problems of the Amapá state. Over the next 18 months, BP and various other oil corporations plan on drilling an apparent oil field off the coast. This worries the thousands of fisherman and indigenous people who rely on clean oceans for survival. Furthermore, these industries causes a migration of people to work. Amapá, a traditional state lacking sanitation and services, has already seen the impact of population growth. Fresh water is scarce and violence is on the rise, all before the full force of industry hits.
Due to industry and corporate influence a once rural, indigenous, and undeveloped portion of Brazil is now becoming a violent greed filled community. Millions of acres of land are being controlled by outside influences, growing unsustainable crops, simultaneously as the oil industry takes over the pristine and delicate ecosystems of the shore.