June 14, 2010: New Report: Investment in Monocultures Violates Human Rights and Aggravates Climate Change

Publish Date: 
Friday, August 3, 2012

FIAN (FoodFirst Information & Action Network), HIC-AL (Habitat International Coalition Latin America Regional Office) and Solidarity Sweden-Latin America have launched the attached Latin American report Red Sugar, Green Deserts: monocultures and violations of the Human Rights to adequate food and housing, to water, to land and to territory, which will be presented on June 5th, 2010, in Mexico City.

The report, consisting of articles from 26 different writers and cases from 10 Latin American countries, shows that the agro industrial model based on monocultures has grave impacts on the human rights. Monocultures also cause destruction of biodiversity and the ecosystem, deforestation and increased greenhouse gases, aggravating climate change. 

The report was possible thanks to the contributions from a range of social movements, NGO, academics and journalists, who offer their reflections from their own perspective, experience and area of expertise. Among the writers can be mentioned the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing, Ms. Raquel Rolnik; Inge Armbrecht, University of Colombia, who participated in the process of International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD); Miguel Altieri, University of California at Berkely, and Christian Courtis, Expert on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

We can also mention ESCR-Net members and participants writing articles in this publication such as: The Movement of Dam Affected People (MAB), the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE), and the Landless Workers' Movement (MST).


Noé Pineda Arredondo, HIC-AL, e-mail comunicacion@yahoo.es

Maria Silvia Emanuelli, HIC-AL, e-mail hic-al@hic-al.org