Wednesday, November 30

Rural areas launch a cry for help in Brussels: “We attend the burial of our peoples and our lands”

It is a cry for help. Not because of a way of life, but because of life itself. The life of people, but also of animals, vegetation and soil. It is a cry that has been launched by various groups from the rural world that have met in Brussels with community authorities in a conference organized by the MEPs of La Izquierda María Eugenia Rodríguez Palop (Unidas Podemos) and Marisa Matias (Bloco de Esquerda).

Pía Sánchez Fernández, from Ganaderas en Red, explains her life as a “love story towards nature, the pasture and myself”. She studied Law and then dedicated herself to the world of banking for 26 years. “Until, in 2012, La Caixa bought us, and I left to dedicate myself to nature and extensive livestock farming in the Extremaduran meadow.”

“We want to break the abyss between the urban world of Brussels and the world of land in shoes,” says Sánchez Fernández: “That must be our battle in the future. We have to bring urban institutions closer to the rural world and put a feminine gaze in all this world so denatured. Brussels should work for the happiness of its citizens, and happiness is what we must not lose sight of. What matters is individual reflection on what we do and doing what makes us happy. We cannot be happy if we cannot live with dignity, and it is difficult to live off extensive meat today in Spain. Inputs, feed and diesel make it increasingly wasteful, but our products are a luxury for human health”.

The MEP Rodríguez Palop has affirmed: “Great struggles of the native peoples in Latin America, so overwhelmed by the plunder and difficult to respond.”

Eduardo Martín Sousa Holm, president of the Ethical Food Association, has explained his experience to “value the family business, the production of pâtés and foies” in Extremadura. “We went to the international salon in Paris and won the prize for the best foie in the world, but they wanted to challenge us because they had discovered that the animals were not in cages, they even flew… We have enjoyed doing things on a farm. It has given us quality of life, I have raised my children, we have been happy. This foie gras is a gift from nature, it can only be eaten once in a lifetime because there isn’t one for everyone”.

Martín Sousa and his group managed to create the “Ethical Food Certificate”, something that did not exist in Spain 15 years ago: “I live in a village in emptied Spain, with just over 300 inhabitants, all the workers are women, Extraordinary people, all entrepreneurs who, if they had a little help, if they were guided a little… The number of abandoned orchards, old wineries. It is about the children being able to live so that they do not have to go to live in Madrid. We do not want large companies, but family micro-enterprises. That is the 2030 horizon, to give that push to our peoples”.

The spokesman for the Llerena Regional Hospital Platform, Miguel Ángel Sánchez, has insisted, for his part, on the motto that “being few does not detract from rights. Living in a remote area should not mean that we are left without rights such as healthcare. Whenever we talk about rural health, we refer to primary care. But you also have to take into account specialized assistance. Diseases attack us all equally no matter where we live. Unfortunately, those of us who live in rural areas are also going to suffer from cancer, tumors are going to need chemo… Or our elders, they can suffer any fracture. Hence the need for regional hospitals”.

“Health resources not only benefit rural residents, but also urban ones,” Sánchez abounds: “People move, there are many towns and rural tourism, no one is free from a traffic accident, country activities… I want let them scatter my ashes here, but it will be all of us who attend the burial of our peoples and our lands”.

Manuel Aguilar de la Cruz, from the Citizen Platform for the Defense of the Sierra de Becerro, Seville (Spain), has explained the “impact on the environment of the implementation of renewable mega-parks, which invade biosphere reserves, affects agriculture, the amount of surface occupied, the quality of the crops and sustainable rural tourism, such as the gigantic project in Navazuelo (Granada), equivalent to 1,000 soccer fields”.

“Those of us who dedicate ourselves to defending the rural environment are told how the deployment of renewables can be carried out while respecting the natural environment,” says Aguilar de la Cruz: “Well, it has to be in protected sites, without the participation of the community. , without taking into account the territory, and that it is not in the hands of the oligopoly”.

“The deployment of renewable mega-plants implies an irreversible loss of biodeversity, the opportunity for a less centralized system is lost, self-consumption is not encouraged, which does go to the electricity bill, nor to energy communities, which democratizes energy and it gives us independence from big companies”, affirmed Aguilar de la Cruz, who recalled the fandango of El Cabrero: “Many promise the moon until they come to power, many promise the moon and when they see each other up there they do not hear any complaints and they treat you with the foot”.

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