The Land Workers Union (UTT) convened a camp in the National Congress square in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in an act held on Monday (20) and Tuesday (21) to defend the bill for access to land in Argentina. Chamber of Deputies.
The Land Access Bill proposes the creation of the Public Trust Fund for Credit for Family Farming, which would facilitate access to credits for the acquisition of rural properties and the construction of houses for families that produce their own land.
Only 13% of the land in Argentina belongs to small producers, who, in turn, generate 60% of the food that circulates in the country’s domestic market. On the other hand, 1% of agrarian companies control 36% of the cultivated land, according to the organization itself. The Access to Land Law would guarantee the development of small producers, and, as a result, the production of healthy food in the countryside, given the state of disadvantage and little investment by the State in relation to large agribusiness companies.
The mobilization was concluded with music, flowers and debate tables. Coinciding with the beginning of spring, the two-day event held, as is customary in the acts of the organization, distribution of organic flowers and vegetables cultivated by the UTT members themselves, as well as teaching materials on food sovereignty, agroecology and a complete atlas on agribusiness transgenic.
The last debate table of the act addressed transgenic HB4 wheat. Developed in Argentina, the genetically modified wheat is under analysis by the National Technical Biosafety Commission (CTNBio) in Brazil. The agenda returns to each monthly committee meeting, with no treatment or resolution forecast.
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“According to Bioceres’ own forecasts, if approved, more than 1 million hectares of transgenic wheat will be cultivated”, pointed out environmentalist Marcos Filardi, creator of the Museo del Hambre (Museu da Fome), mentioning the company that financed the development of the transgenic seed.
“This wheat will be present on our tables and in all the foods we eat, as great consumers of wheat that we are, with its load of poisons, with glufosinate ammonium,” he said.
A member of UTT, Maritsa Puma highlighted that, like her, many women started to recover knowledge for pesticide-free cultivation. “We started to recover knowledge from our parents and grandparents about how to cultivate avocado, corn, as they used to plant without the need for agrochemicals. We learned about these other ways of producing, also from other countries, continents, world references,” he pointed out.
With the performance of the act in front of the National Congress, the message echoes Maritsa’s words: without the action of the State, agroecology cannot face the environmental, economic, social and health problems of agroindustry and extractivism.
“We are in time to reverse this situation,” said Filardi, at the conclusion of his speech at the debate table. “There is a collective, and necessarily collective, solution, which is agroecology and food sovereignty. We have an example of this in our country. UTT has been investing heavily in this way of producing our food, in harmony with nature and human beings. exit is necessary, urgent and possible, and already takes place in our territories”, he concluded.
Edition: Thales Schmidt