The 120 families occupied the área more than a year ago, in protest to the environmental crime committed by Syngenta. The multinational illegally cultivated genetically-modified soy and corn at the site, within the protective zoner of the Iguaçu National Park. The family farmers demanded that Syngenta pay the fine of US$ 465,000, imposed on the corporation by the IBAMA, the federal environmental agency. In November of 2006, the Governor of Paraná expropriated Syngenta´s site, and planned to turn the area into an agroecological research center.
Syngenta has still not paid the fine that IBAMA has demanded to the Brazilian public coffers. It has used its legal resources to suspend the Governor´s decree to expropriate the site and is now pressuring the State Governor Requião to expel, with police force, the family farmers from the land.
Today the Free Land Encampment has communal gardens that produce rice, beans, sweet potatoes, corn, manioc, chicken, and milk. The families living at Free Land are entirely self sufficient for food.
More than 300 organizations throughout the world have already shown their support to the occupation of Syngenta Seeds by the Via Campesina.
1. Mail the letter to the Governor of Paraná (ATTACHMENTS) in support of the expropriation of the experimental site. E-mails Governor of Paraná: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax: 55 41 3254 42 99
55 41 3252 85 39 ou 55 41 3252 88 98
2. Mail letter to Syngenta Seeds (ATTACHMENTS) demanding that it cease its pressure to expel the 120 families that occupy the experimental site. e-mails Syngenta: Therese.email@example.com