Monoculture of sugar cane in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil


In the region of Ribeiro Preto, So Paulo State, there are 21 processing plants of sugarcane for ethanol production. Workers are required to work intensively, causing several cases of death by exhaustion. They are subjected up to 17 working hours per day, which cause musculoskeletal system diseases, tendonitis, respiratory diseases, deformities and diseases on the vocal cords.

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Basic Data
NameMonoculture of sugar cane in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil
ProvinceSao Paolo
Accuracy of LocationMEDIUM regional level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Biomass and Land Conflicts (Forests, Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock Management)
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Intensive food production (monoculture and livestock)
Agro-fuels and biomass energy plants
Specific Commodities
Project Details and Actors
Project Detailsunits of sugar cane processing plants are in operation.

Type of PopulationRural
Start Date2007
Relevant government actorsUniversidade Estadual Paulista - UNESP, Ministerio Publico Estadual - MPESP, Secretaria da Sade de RIBEIRO PRETO, Ministerio do Trabalho e Emprego, National Alcohol Programme , Agribusiness Council of the Federation of Industries of the state of So Paulo
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersRelatoria Nacional para o Direito Humano ao Trabalho, Plataforma Dhesca Brasil, Rede Brasileira de Justica Ambiental - RBJA, Pastoral do Migrante, ONG Reporter Brasil
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
When did the mobilization beginIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups MobilizingIndigenous groups or traditional communities
Local ejos
Social movements
Local scientists/professionals
Religious groups
Forms of MobilizationCreation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of a network/collective action
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Boycotts of companies-products
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Fires, Soil contamination, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality
Potential: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Desertification/Drought, Food insecurity (crop damage), Global warming, Soil erosion, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Health ImpactsVisible: Accidents, Violence related health impacts (homicides, rape, etc..) , Occupational disease and accidents, Deaths
Potential: Malnutrition, Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide, Health problems related to alcoholism, prostitution
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Violations of human rights
Potential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Increase in violence and crime, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures
Project StatusIn operation
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseDeaths
New legislation
Strengthening of participation
Application of existing regulations
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.Sugar cane plantations are operating
Sources and Materials

Comissao Parlamentar de Inqurito CPI Reavaliao dos prazos para eliminao gradativa da queima da palha da cana-de-acar. Relatrio Final dos Trabalhos da CPI da Queima da Palha da Cana
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Lei 11241/02 | Lei n. 11.241, de 19 de setembro de 2002 de Sao Paulo. Dispe sobre a eliminao gradativa da queima da palha da cana-de-acar e d outras providencias. Disponvel em
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Assemblia Legislativa do Estado de So Paulo

PODER JUDICIRIO TRIBUNAL DE JUSTIA DE SO PAULO. VOTO n 19.997 Ao Direta de Inconstitucionalidade n 129.132.0/3, de So Paulo. Autores: SINDICATO da indstria da fabricao de alcool do estado de So Paulo e outro rus.


XAVIER Leiliane C. Ferraz ; BARONE, Lus A. Sobre o mundo do trabalho a territorializao do trabalho no corte da cana no pontal do paranapanema/sp notas de uma pesquisa, Revista Pegada vol. 9 n.2 1 Dezembro/2008 Disponvel em:
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Adital. FERREIRA, Manoel Eduardo Tavares. A queimada da cana e seu impacto socio-ambiental.
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MST. Mulheres da Via Campesina ocupam usina da Cargill em So Paulo.
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ContributorDiogo Rocha
Last update08/04/2014