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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #285 - Agriculture: The vineyards of Bolloré occupied in the Var (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Thu, 9 Aug 2018 07:27:36 +0300

An action was led in the Var by the peasant Confederation to denounce the financialization of agricultural land and their capture by multinationals, here and elsewhere. ---- Tuesday, June 5, seventy peasant women and farmers from south-eastern France occupied the vineyards of Bolloré at La Croix-Valmer in the Var. The goal recalled by Laurent Pinatel, the union's national spokesperson, was to denounce land grabbing here and elsewhere. The Provence region is particularly affected by the phenomenon. The price per hectare of vines has more than tripled, from 20,000 to 70,000 euros in a few years. Many areas are in the hands of wealthy investors. The Bolloré group acquired in 2001 more than one hundred hectares of vines. ---- In its press release, the Confédération paysanne recalls its priorities: " The land must go first and foremost to those who work and who need it to live. Land should be used to install more peasants and peasants, not to enlarge those who do not need it. " As in Africa, " we denounce the financialisation of agriculture: people outside the agricultural world are making money in the land of peasants excluding " deplores Pinatel Lawrence, spokesman for the Confederation Paysanne.

At December 31, 2015, Socfin, 38.7 % owned by Bolloré, announced more than 400,000 hectares of concessions. Socapalm, a subsidiary of the company Socfin, leases to the State of Cameroon 58,063 hectares of agricultural land for 7.69 euros per hectare per year, when the annual rent of Cameroonian farmers varies between 61 and 154 euros per hectare. A documentary by journalist Tristan Waleckx described the living conditions of the workers in Socapalm plantations, housed in unsanitary conditions, working on the job and without protective clothing. On June 5, 2018 the Nanterre Criminal Court acquitted the journalist, who was charged with defamation by Bolloré.

Cameroonian peasants, neighbors of the Bolloré plantations, are deprived of land and see their living conditions deteriorate. An International Alliance of Shoreline Residents Bolloré-Socfin was created in 2013. On April 23, 2015 began the occupation of a plantation Socapalm, a subsidiary of Socfin, to protest against the grabbing of their land by the holding company. Bolloré.

Since 2005, the peasant confederation has been denouncing the mystification of agrofuels, which impoverishes the peasantry, starves populations and destroys the planet. But it is with some surprise that we learned that on June 10 and 11, 2018, the FNSEA decided to carry out a blocking of refineries in France, allegedly to protest against the importation of palm oil.

As recalls the Confédération paysanne in its press release of June 11, 2018, this action in front of the refineries was tailored to " defend the interests of the Avril group " itself importer of 200 000 tons of palm oil and who maintains close links with the FNSEA. Arnaud Rousseau, president of the Avril group, is also vice-president of the FDSEA in Seine-et-Marne.

Georges Claas (AL Var)

Against industrial wind in Aveyron
On June 13, Nicolas Hulot signed the public declaration of interest for the transformer needed for the thousand-wind turbine project in Saint-Victor, opening the way for evictions on the site occupied by Amassada. The deviation of renewable energies embodied in this project and the lack of consultation with local populations who are undergoing a project of electricity export unrelated to their needs, are the basis of the challenge. The Confederation paysanne has just publicly supported this struggle.

The capitalist " solutions " to the energy crisis - which today revolve around the electric all - are built against the interests of the people and continue to destroy farmland. While RTE (Electricity Transmission Network) has announced the start of work for this autumn, the occupation collective calls on all components of territorial development to meet and imagine a new framework for common struggle.

Reinette reinette (AL Aveyron)

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