Once a few years ago, Juan Neto, an ordinary farmer from São Paulo, walked along the edge of what was once his field and gently mourned. Of the former cultivated 230 ha, hardly 40 remained – everything else took nature back …
People themselves gave her land when at the beginning of the century they abandoned the previous practice of total use of pesticides. Without chemicals, the lush tropical life in a matter of years swallowed the traces of human labor and even the ubiquitous ants appeared on former coffee plantations. So they attracted the attention of Nope.
In the clean air, the bees that disappeared were ringing, beautiful flowers bloomed violently between the weeds, and under his feet lay what had once allowed Net to feed his family – coffee grains. Continue reading