I have recived e-mails from a friend from Brazil ( Manaus ) that need some help to spread the info about what is going on in the area of the amazon. Coca Cola is coming to town... so to say.. and they want to build a harbor just where the river Negro and the Amazon river meets a special place in the river.. a unice spot.. with a special eco system... ( me myself have not bought a coca cola for over 10 years or more so my boycote is still on going) Some of Coca Colas pruducts
Wikipedia: The Meeting of Waters (Portuguese: Encontro das Águas) is the confluence between the Rio Negro, a river with dark (almost black coloured) water, and the sandy-coloured Amazon River or Rio Solimões, as it is known the upper section of the Amazon in Brazil. For 6 km (3.7 mi) the river's waters run side by side without mixing. It is one of the main tourist attractions of Manaus, Brazil. This phenomenon is due to the differences in temperature, speed and water density of the two rivers. The Rio Negro flows at near 2 km per hour at a temperature of 28°C, while the Rio Solimões flows between 4 to 6 km per hour a temperature of 22°C.
Under is the letters I have recived:
Environmental racism is rampant at Amazon
We have an ancient struggle against the multinational construction of a port in our city, in which a donor is coca cola in northern Brazil.
So we decided to put his finger on and I'm working directly in the formation of the movement do not take COCA-COLA IS THE PORT OF SLABS FOR IMPLANTED IN THE MEETING OF THE WATERS who is inviting activists, supporters and all citizens who love the Meeting of the Waters to discuss theprocess to preserve this wonderful phenomenon of nature, which marks the culture of our people in the Amazon whose length is much greater than that seen on postcards.
Even recentemete was approached on facebook so racist for a president of Coca Cola, we will file a lawsuit in court against him for damages to fund our campaign.
The initiative NO COCA-COLA ... is one of the most important initiatives in recent years born in Manaus.
If it is the aggregate of the defense establishment of the Conservation Area of the Meeting of the Waters will be preventing the dismantling of the culture of the riverside near Manaus.
They could receive incentives to produce and conserve the region, something that historically they already do. At the moment, is being built in factories and ports igapós irregular.
We are a step in the sprawl of the region, according to the creation of the Metropolitan Region of Manaus.
(In addition to the Porto das Lajes, sponsored by a consortium of companies moved to predatory capital, Amazon will live a mining cycle that will leave a trail of destruction and disrespect for the rights of forest peoples.
Will appear on the scene a lot of companies "Coke" creating environmental impacts in several Amazonian municipalities, right under our noses).
Large infrastructure projects seek to ensure access, and when prosecutors objected, the parties bought and demolished the judges actions. When the Organization of American States said human rights were violated here, appeared submissive known patriots and repudiated the "meddling" international. Journalists are obsessed with political parties accused the opposition - that this item does not exist. "
A youth movement is gaining, the social network Facebook, new members, with surprising speed. The movement began with a little conversation between me and a friend: This is the "DO NOT TAKE IF THE COCA-COLA FOR IMPLANTED PORT OF SLABS IN MEETING OF THE WATERS. Meeting of the Waters of the Rio Negro and the Solimões River, which forms in Brazil Amazon River, is for an Amazonian natural heritage of priceless cultural value. If we think that the whole length of the meeting of these waters are coastal communities that sustain the forest, with small livestock and subsistence farming , contrary to what some officials say that close their eyes to irreversibly damage the companies that operate in the Amazon, the Amazon initiative of youth is the answer that the socio-environmental movement dreamed SOS Meeting of the Waters. This region has been suffering strong environmental impacts of installing ports that violate the law, pollution of water sources by industry, the irregular occupation of the soil and the reduction of green areas. The movement of young Amazonian adds to other reports of irregularities in the world of the US- American who holds the Coca-Cola. In India, for example, found the pesticide Lindane level 140 times higher than allowed, and the neurotoxin Chlorpyrifos at a level 200 times greater. But who knew the Amazon, under our nose, the soft drink Coca-Cola is on the backside of the prosecution. In the municipality of Presidente Figueiredo a large plantation of sugar cane commits an extensive land and streams of water in the region with the use of pesticides. The Agricultural Jayoro - power plant financed by Coca-Cola - still can not explain how to operate the enterprise without authorization of renewal of the environmental permit, after an environmental agency found that, under pressure from prosecutors, serious irregularities, as stated in the matter Brazil Reporter magazine, November 2009. Below that "poisons" are talking about:
Lindane - organochlorine insecticide of the group whose use has been banned worldwide due to be highly toxic and accumulate in tissues. This poison alters the central nervous system, cause cardiac dysfunction, liver damage, respiratory depression and chemical peneumonite.
Chlorpyrifos - is an organophosphate insecticide that is neurotoxic.
Congratulations, guys! With this, the Amazon enters the national scene as the Brazilian Amazon state of boycotting an American product, by identifying the interests of Coca-Cola in the construction of the port terminal of Lajes in the region of the Meeting of the Waters, and it approaches the international campaign condemning the U.S. for the financing of wars. In time, The Coca-Cola's interests are represented by their bottling, directly involved in private business that port.
Coca-Cola uses sugar mill without an environmental permit Sole producer of sugar and ethanol in the Amazon, Agropecuaria Jayoro public land illegally occupied in Presidente Figueiredo (AM). For Coca-Cola, which invested in the plant, "the land question is an old problem in the region"
For Thais Brianezi of the Center for Biofuel Watch
Presidente Figueiredo (AM) - The Amazon has only a sugar and ethanol plant now in operation: the Agricultural Jayoro in the Municipality of Presidente Figueiredo (AM). If the Bill of Agro-Ecological Zoning (ZAE) Sugarcane is approved as proposed by the federal government - with a ban on new plants in the Amazon - the venture will remain unique in the state.
Despite the relatively small production (they are on average 18 000 tons per year), the sugar comes Jayoro indirectly to any country and is also exported to Colombia, Venezuela and Paraguay. That's because it's done in Manaus (AM), caramel flavor that gives the mysterious formula of Coca-Cola concentrate distributed to all production plants and bottling of soft drinks in Brazil and in three neighboring countries.
Considered a model plant for the Environmental Director of Coca-Cola Brazil, José Mauro de Moraes, Agriculture Jayoro is running at 2009 without having obtained the environmental permit annual renewal of its 4,000 hectares of plantations and 400 hectares of their feet Guarana at the Institute of Environmental Protection of Amazonas (Ipaam), the state environmental agency.Nevertheless, he managed to renew the licenses of environmental industrial units producing sugar and ethanol processing and guarana.
The non-renewal of the license is motivated by crop land irregularities affecting the registration of the legal reserve (80% in the Amazon), according to Eduardo Costa, an analyst environmental Ipaam. The area occupied by Jayoro has 59 000 hectares, of which only 13% are cleared (4,400 hectares planted to sugar and guarana, 600 acres with roads and buildings and 2670 hectares of degraded pasture).
It could be a good example of compliance with environmental legislation, but, formally, these are 59 000 hectares of the total area of 17 rural properties. Most of these properties are illegally occupied public land or areas held by the National Institute of Colonization and Agrarian Reform (Incra) less than 10 years (during which title to the squatter may not sell or lease the land). "To consider the registration of the legal reserve as a whole, considering the total area of 59 000 Hexter, agriculture needs to resolve the land issue," explains the analyst. "The land issue is an old problem in the Amazon region. The Jayoro already has a plan to work this problem. We consider this a non-compliance that can be resolved," countered Joseph Mauro, director of Coca-Cola Brazil. "When we got our license to operate, the Ipaam did not question the legality of the land to present documentation. If you had warned us before about the need for adjustments, it would already be solved," says the superintendent of Jayoro, Waltair Silver.
Waltair adds that the company has already submitted to Ipaam the titles of six rural properties on behalf of the company and that for the other areas, there will be an individualized environmental licensing process, to be claimed by the squatters when they obtain the definitive titles of INCRA.
According to the head of the advance unit of INCRA in Presidente Figueiredo (AM), Alfredo Nonato, the regularization of these areas can take place this year within the Legal Land Program - created in order to simplify and streamline the rite of land titling public (which now takes about five years), but marked by criticism of public figures and civil society sectors. The goal of the program, launched by President Lula in June this year, is settling in up to three years 296,800 possessions of up to 15 fiscal modules occupied before 1st December 2004 in the Amazon region. Of these, about 58,500 are in the Amazon.
About the fact that the state government only now be charging Jayoro of land tenure of the project, the director general of Ipaam, Alden Queiroz, justifies "the government may at any time to review his actions." She explains that only two years ago the agency began to provide accurate georeferencing of the target areas of environmental monitoring and was from then that the inspectors found that "the lands beyond the Company added that she had." In 2007 and 2008, the crop's environmental license was renewed Jayoro by signing Adjustment Term (TAC) with Ipaam.
"Beyond the land issue another provision not served by the company regarding the creation of a conservation unit. Therefore, this year, the license is suspended," supports the director-general. The superintendent of Jayoro revealed that four months ago presented to the State Center of Conservation of the Amazon the request to create a private reserve for Sustainable Development. In the project, there are two areas of study: one with and another 334 hectares with 304 hectares of extension.
Federal prosecutors in the Amazon (MPF / AM) became aware of the lack of valid environmental permit Jayoro the crop in July this year - but, as the attorney responsible for the process went on maternity leave, there have been no offer or complaint to the Justice attempt to establish a TAC with the company.
The agriculture fell in the sights of MPF last year, when the agency opened an administrative procedure to investigate complaints that pesticides were used by Jayoro contaminating streams and harming the surrounding farmers. In 2008, the Ipaam reported to prosecutors that the project was in compliance with all legal requirements. Earlier this year, however, when the MPF officiated the state agency to send him the reports of analysis of the waterways used by farmers in question got an answer (in May) that the renewal of the license was under review Jayoro . Two months later, the Ipaam sent an opinion stating that the license was not renewed.
Old project, new investors
Deforestation in Agricultural Jayoro occurred more than 30 years in the early 70's.The plant was born in the context of the Pro-Alcohol program, with support from the Superintendency for the Development of Amazonia (Sudam), but soon went into decline. In 1995, when the project was resumed, with new investors (among them Coca-Cola). There were only 300 hectares of sugarcane for the production of rum.
"Today 70% of our production goes to cane sugar to ethanol and the rest, with an average of 8 million gallons per year, which is the maximum capacity of our distillery," the superintendent Jayoro. This fuel is sold to small distributors (such as the National Petroleum Distributor Atem'sea - DNP), which act in the local market. "For them, we are a guarantee of regularity in the supply when the ferry delays [which ethanol brings the Center-South]," says Silver Waltair.
The production of sugar, and serve Recofarma - Group company Coca-Cola, which produces concentrated soda nca capital, Manaus (AM) - is sold to packers of the small capital of Amazonas. "We serve about 10% of local demand for sugar only. The largest suppliers are plants in the region of Mato Grosso, and as Imarat Jaciara," explains Superintendent of Agricultural Jayoro.
Guarana, which is produced with the concentrate of the coolant Kuat, also intended to Recofarma. "So far, we have sold guarana syrup," says Waltair, "but we are beginning the process powder, which facilitates export to Atlanta [in the U.S., the world headquarters of Coca-Cola. This also enables us to reach new markets, as cosmetics. "