A research, exploration and a subsequent report carried out by the Unique Authority of Environment of Zulia state, Lenin Cardozo, engineer, demonstrates the complicity of the transnational Frito-Lay, a subsidiary of Pepsico group on the deforestation in Venezuela.
The Malanga Growing is an economic activity mainly by displaced Colombians living in the Sierra de Perija on the side of Zulia State.
This crop is mainly responsible for the practice of burning and deforestation in the highlands. Alone on the Venezuelan side is estimated to have been deforested over 2000 hectares to sow Malanga.
From a subsistence crop, now it has developed an industry behind us or massive scale of this tuber. As it was able to verify by the farmers themselves who practice this activity, this product is sold to the designated company.
With the Malanga tuber, Frito-Lay, a transnational subsidiary of Pepsico group company, manufactures and markets snacks including chips among others sold to us in cinemas and supermarkets.
According to Mr.Cardozo, “soils have been transformed into deserts by uncontrolled logging, covered by the environmental impunity which gives the ruggedness to reach those places and the prevailing environmental mismanagement of the past decades.”
“It is unacceptable for the damage they are doing to us with the abravise sowing of the Malanga, urges definitely stop these plantations. The cultivation of this tuber is very harmful to the soil. This sowing, by requiring incoming light stimulates intensive deforestation, only allows one crop a year, then leave the land without nutrients (which in those areas already devastated does not grow any other plant) and once again deforest more hectares to sow. Just imagine how many hectares have been deforested and are still deforesting in the Sierra, “said Lenin Cardozo.
Meanwhile Gustavo Carrasquel Director of Blue Environmentalists Foundation stated that it is deploying actions to the complaint and the called Environmental Care to this company issues its position on this situation.
“Since the year 2009, Miguel Pietrangeli, a biologist, professor at the Faculty of Science at the University of Zulia, has been conducting studies and reports on the impact caused by the malanga cultivation in the Sierra de Perija.”
“In 2010 pointed out in” RED Book of Terrestrial Ecosystems of Venezuela “as the natural vegetation of the Sierra de Perija has suffered heavy human interventions referring mainly to the expansion of agricultural activities in the area, especially the exploitation trade of taro or malanga (xanthosoma sagittifolium), “said Gustavo Carrasquel.
Among the actions to be taken will be the collection of digital signatures and a march to the headquarters of the Legislative Council of Zulia state (CLEZ – in spanish) to support the delivery of the “Draft Law to Ban the Growing of Malanga, in the territory of the Zulia state , “said members of the Blue Environmentalists Foundation.
Blue Environmentalists Foundation Press