Information recently made public shows that nearly 3200 people living in Guatemala have been evicted from the Polochic valley in order to pave the way for the development of the biofuel industry.
Thus, the lands where these people used to grow their crops and where they built their homes are now to be used for sugarcane cultivation.
These new plantations will be in direct service of biofuel companies, which are to use the sugarcane obtained here to supply European ethanol markets.
Whilst the people were sent away from home, it seem that the crops
they left behind were burned down in their entirety in order to clear the land and prepare it for its new green-oriented mission.
Most people believe that state officials and national governments are the ones to blame for this unfortunate situation.
It is believed that, but for these people and institutions constantly pushing for manufacturing and using biofuels, regardless of the consequences, none of this would have happened.
Although it is true that, for the sake of our natural world, we should indeed try and minimize our ecological footprint by resorting to more environmentally-friendly energy sources, none of us probably imagined that sustainable development would end up affecting the poor in such a severe manner.
Various sources speak about how the people living in the Polochich valley in southern Guatemala were evicted by men carrying weapons, reports Biofuels Digest
As well as this, there is an ongoing debate about how capitalism once again came to oppress, rather than aid those living in undeveloped countries.
Presently, it is a good enough piece of news that the 800 families who found themselves thrown out of their homes have succeeded in drawing sufficient media attention so as to make sure that something will soon be done to help diminish both the financial and the psychological damage they are facing.