A BRITISH expat has successfully enlisted the help of the UN
to probe a farming scandal that is ‘killing the last oasis’ in Europe. Thanks to green campaigner David Dene, the UN Office of Human Rights is investigating the alleged destruction of the ‘El Rio de Aguas’ area of Almeria due to intensive olive tree production. Environmentalists claim the trees are rapidly depleting a precious underground aquifer, which is rapidly running dry. They insist the lack of water is already wreaking havoc on the environment and forcing whole communities to move.
“It’s a massive human and
environmental rights abuse, which is why the UN is now looking into it”,
explained Dene, is based in the same village as eco charity Sunseed.
“Four million trees have been planted by large industrial producers over the last few years. “Each is extracting 10 litres of
water a day from the aquifer, which is a basin of non-renewable water
that both humans and nature depends upon to survive in this area. “Already a few communities have been forced to move and we now have to drive 15km to the nearest spring to get our water.” Dene continued: “At the current rate,
unless something is done, the aquifer will run dry in just a few
years”, he said. “It’s killing the last oasis in Europe.”
In the above movie clip I am interviewing Jose the 83 year old founder of this Agro Co-operative. I am "acting" as a prospective European Buyer of his production on the entrance of Spain into the European Market in 1990. We then discuss conditions today.
In this, the above clip, I have been talking with Pepe. Pepe is 70 and he is a fisherman. The talk is in reference to the new market opening in 1990 and conditions today. Pepe and local fishing has suffered. Jose and the agro industry has prospered. That is the reality today.
In the above picture, I am with General Franco and we have been talking about the past and the present. !
We made this documentary last year. I explain the situation. We have clear and open discussions with local people affected by this Industrial Agriculture. This Industrial Agriculture takes forty million litres of water every day and is threatening the continued existence of this, the last Oasis in Western Europe.