World Rainforest Movement

Brazil: Land occupation wins award for producing food free of agrochemicals while restoring the forest

Since 2003, the camp that bears the name of environmentalist, José Lutzenberger, has reconciled the production of foods free of agrochemicals with the recovery of native “Mata Atlantica” forest. For this reason, it was chosen for the Juliana Santilli award, in the category of increasing and conserving agro-biodiversity. The area, which for decades was degraded by landowners’ cattle ranching activities, has been slowly recovering. In addition to the recovery and preservation of the native forest, around 90 per cent of what the peasants produce goes to regional schools through the National School Food Program. Read the article here.