Belo Monte dam and food security

We head to the Xingu River in the Amazon forest in Brazil. This is the scene of the construction of Norte Energia’s mega dam – the Belo Monte. It’s a massive project and the opposition from local groups and Indigenous communities are on a scale to match. There have been legal battles, and month long occupations from a number of different groups recently. The Amazon may seem like a long way away, but largescale projects built without adequate environmental impact assessments - and without consent from the indigenous communities affected - is something we know all too well in Australia. Third Degree speaks with Andrew Miller, Advocacy Coordinator for Amazon Watch. 

We also talk about food security (write up to come).

With Simon Unwin and Jessica Minshall
October 2012

(These stories formed part of a subscriber drive show for 2SER radio.)