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Agrofuel debate takes root in Central America
Source : ipsnews.net
The debate is growing in Central America over the scope of industrial crops in forested areas or subsistence farming zones, and their impact on the source of food for the rural population. "There is a dramatic reduction of the area used for growing basic crops because when the small farmers sell their plots they stop planting them. And the impact is not just on the family that lost or sold the land, but the three or four families that rented it", activist Laura Hurtado, of the non-governmental organisation ActionAid Guatemala, told Tierramérica. In this country, where half of the 14 million inhabitants live in poverty and 17% are extremely poor, the rural population subsists on growing maize, beans and vegetables.
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2 March 2011 |
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