God Tells Mennonites To Raze Paraguay’s Chaco Forest

It’s about God’s vision for mankind, not the money

End Times Update | Week of March 26, 2012

Cattle Ranches Replacing Original Forests At Record Breaking Pace As Indigenous Peoples Get Run Out of Town

A quote from the New York Times article says it all: “Environmentalists complain about deforestation but the world has billions of mouths to feed,” said the mayor of Porto Murtinho, a town bordering on the rapidly disappearing, once vast Chaco forest. Yep, those are the choices.

Mennonites burn Chaco Forest According to God's vision for mankind

If you’re a Brazilian cattle rancher or a modern Paraguayan Mennonite mega rancher, the rapid razing of Paraguay’s wilderness is a harbinger of big bucks and life in the fast lane (just like Jesus promised). However, if you already live in the forest and are being run out of your homeland by moneyed interests, you are pretty well hosed.  It’s like Tranquilo Favero says: Landless peasants need to be treated like a swindler’s woman, who only obey when beaten with a stick. Mr. Favero controls about 615,000 acres of new ranch land in the former wilderness. He’s a Brazilian and driven by greed, so whatever…

Not so, the righteous Mennonites (means “Amish-lite” in Middle German), who are driven by God. “We intend to expand in the Chaco as much as the law allows. Not just physically but by making the land more productive,” said Heinrich Dyck, finance director of the Neuland co-operative of Mennonite farmers. The co-operative is one of Paraguay’s largest meat and milk exporters and owns the country’s biggest slaughterhouse. When he references the law, well, it’s ambiguous at little bit.

“Religion is at the heart of everything we do,”says Heinrich. “The Christian faith is fundamental to us. God made it clear in the bible that we should take care of the land and use it as a source of sustainability and production.” You go, God!

Much of Paraguay’s forest cover has already been cleared for soya monocultural events and other mammoth agribusiness enterprises, but the Chaco is a new development. This area, about twice the size of the British Isles,  is home to 3,400 plant species, 500 bird species, 150 species of mammal, 120 species of reptiles and 100 species of amphibians.

Approximately 10% of the forest has been burned off in 4 years, much of it illegally.

* Illegally is relative, when global interests with unlimited funds use the courts to steal land from existing inhabitants. Hell, we did it right here in America without even using the courts. Give ‘em some casinos and let ‘em fight over the proceeds.


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