Can Italy Find Its Way? Resistance to Change Means Slow Recovery – Wall Street Journal


Wall Street Journal
Can Italy Find Its Way? Resistance to Change Means Slow Recovery
Wall Street Journal
FLORENCE— Bernardo Caprotti was a 45-year-old entrepreneur when he agreed to buy a suburban plot of land for a new supermarket. Building permits recently came through. He's now 88. His Milan-based retail chain, Esselunga SpA, had grappled since …

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Federal regulators step up scrutiny of farm labor standards compliance – vtdigger.org


vtdigger.org
Federal regulators step up scrutiny of farm labor standards compliance
vtdigger.org
Farmers representing both traditional and new agriculture attended the workshop. There were dairy and maple producers, apple growers, vegetable and fruit producers and farms raising meat animals. … “Now seasonal migrant workers who, say, come here to

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Profiles – Southborough Board of Selectmen – Community Advocate

Profiles – Southborough Board of Selectmen
Community Advocate
Paul M. Cimino – I am a New England native and, together with my wife and two children, have called Southborough home for the past 14 years; it is a special place to live and raise a family. My advanced degrees are in engineering and law, and currently

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With no land to cultivate, young people in Curuguaty, Paraguay, have no future

Over 260 young people have been left without land after a land grab in Curuguaty, Paraguay. We ask the President of Paraguay, Horacio Cartes, to resolve this situation and to show his commitment to the young people of his country by granting the land they claim.

Over 260 young people have been left without land after a land grab in Curuguaty, Paraguay. We ask the President of Paraguay, Horacio Cartes, to resolve this situation and to show his commitment to the young people of his country by granting the land they claim.

Over the past 10 years, land grabs and the lack of governmental support has forced 585,000 young people from the farmlands of Paraguay.

Young people such as Dolores and Luis have been left with no land on which to grow crops or live within their community, Curuguaty. The two of them could build their future on a publicly owned stretch of land of 2,000 hectares that is currently in the hands of a company that produces soy – a product that generates huge profits and which is exported to Europe and China where it is used as biofuel, animal forage and human food.

Oxfam, the affected communities and Articulación Curuguaty, formed of over 40 organizations representing the civil society of Paraguay, have launched a campaign to support the young people and farming families of Curuguaty who have lost their lands to claim their right to a place where they can cultivate their own food and build a future for themselves.

Take action today!

Ask the President of Paraguay, Horacio Cartes, to put this land-grab right and hand the public lands of Marinakue to the young people and farming families of Curuguaty.

Join us

What happened in Curuguaty?

The company of a landowner – Farming families without land – Public land which the farmers demand to grow their crops on and which the landowner claims as his property – A violent eviction – Seventeen people killed.

These are some of the facts that describe what happened in Curuguaty, a small city in eastern Paraguay, near the Brazilian border. In this region, farmers are rapidly losing their lands to soy crops – a crop which is rapidly expanding because taxes on it are very low while profits are huge for landowners, who grow this and other crops for export.

This could be just another example of land-grabbing, but it is not. There are several factors that make Curuguaty an exceptional case:

  • In Paraguay 80 percent of agricultural and farming land is in the hands of 1.6 percent of landowners.

  • There are political and economic elites with substantial influence on government, courts and companies with vested interests linked to this model of economic growth.

  • There are many cases of land grabs in Paraguay where the land is predominantly used to grow soy – a crop which occupies 3.5 of the 3.8 million hectares of all arable land in the country.

 

Young people speak up

Rodolfo Castro: “We value land because she is like a mother to us, she gives us life. To those who cannot understand this we tell them that land is our mother because she gives us life and nourishes us.There are many young people in our same situation, but instead of thinking of ways to obtain land, they go live in the big cities”.

Ramona González: “I ask President Horacio Cartes to grant us the land we claim because we know these are public lands. What’s more, I demand he gives it to us because we want to work the land. There is no possible future without land. I also ask him to free my husband.”

Dolores Peralta: “They told us they would give us the land right away, but things turned out differently. We came here to cultivate the land; that is what we wanted to do. For those who cannot understand it I will tell them the following: for us, land is our mother because it gives us life. If we do not have land, we do not have a future.”

 

 

 

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France Defers GE Plan to Buy Energy Business – New York Times


New York Times
France Defers GE Plan to Buy Energy Business
New York Times
PARIS – The French government on Sunday sought to put the brakes on General Electric's bid for Alstom, one of the largest industrial companies in France, warning that national interest was in play and that the state would have a say in the outcome.
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$5.6M to aid W.Va. workers formerly employed in the coal mining industry announced by DOL

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Pricey Little Shareable Plates Drive Pete Wells Insane – Eater NY

Pricey Little Shareable Plates Drive Pete Wells Insane
Eater NY
A special of bay scallops with black-trumpet-mushroom purée was delicious, but there were six of them, and three of us. The price was $ 16. A $ 12 plate of eggs scrambled with smoked trout and fried bread worked out to about two forkfuls for each of us.

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NC 904 a journey through historical, rural South – Laurinburg Exchange

NC 904 a journey through historical, rural South
Laurinburg Exchange
As a child of the 1950's and 60's the smells of fields full of corn, tobacco, and cotton covered with its now banned “cotton dust” insecticide are readily remembered. Back then tobacco was the king in eastern North Carolina. We led the nation in

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FAA Seeks Overseas Drug & Alcohol Testing Information – The Leading Aviation Industry Resource for News, Equipment and (blog)

FAA Seeks Overseas Drug & Alcohol Testing Information
The Leading Aviation Industry Resource for News, Equipment and (blog)
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A Fully Wrought Life – Stones Pianist, Tree Farmer, Green Blog Pioneer – New York Times (blog)

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When you look at the big picture the use of wood is a great thing as long as we're using it sustainably, and we're planting, managing and growing more timber than we're harvesting. Q. You had already written books before Mother Nature … The truth is

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