The Mennonites being accused of deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon | Peru | The Guardian (Me: They are – despite good self-intentions – deforesting the land because it is cheaper land than in Canada or US…)

Environmentalists worry this could just be the beginning of the Mennonite invasion in Peru. Satellite images show land clearing for another settlement, also in Loreto, a vast Amazon region the size of Germany. A 2021 study in the Journal of Land Use Science says Mennonites have 200 settlements across seven countries in Latin America and collectively occupy more land than the Netherlands.

Peru lost a record 2,032 sq km of Amazon to deforestation in 2020, a figure almost four times the 548 sq km it lost in 2019, according to its environment ministry.

Source: The Mennonites being accused of deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon | Peru | The Guardian

3 thoughts on “The Mennonites being accused of deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon | Peru | The Guardian (Me: They are – despite good self-intentions – deforesting the land because it is cheaper land than in Canada or US…)”

  1. Can’t let this go without a bit more comment. One, the author sets the “farmers” up to be seen in a good light and never mentions why (cost of land) the Canadian farmers are moving. Two, the author tells us the government official’s offices are not physically in good shape. This has nothing to do with the story, except to cast the government official in a “bad” light compared to neat “simple living” farmers. Three, it’s really a story about cheap land and the hopes that the host government is not very strong. Four, these farmers would still think they were doing the right thing if they cut down half or all of the Amazon to create farms and caused the extinction of many species of animals and plants, displaced indigenous people and caused climate collapse.

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