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Wind turbines against farmers, the case of Cascina Baraggia

The giga-business of wind turbines, as we have seen, attacks farmers to steal their land. (1) And with them, our ability to produce the food needed by populations but also employment in rural areas.

In Cascina Baraggia in Piedmont, in the province of Biella, the historic home of rice paddies including DOP, food sovereignty gives way to the expropriations of agricultural land for 'public utility'. Which?

1) Cascina Baraggia, wind turbines against farmers

Cascina Baraggia it is the epicenter of a dispute between finance that invests in 'green' energy - largely subsidized by the public sector and the population itself, through the 'management costs' tripled on energy bills - and farmers, as well as civil society.

The financial and energy giants, as seen in Irpinia, entrust operations in the area to small companies with poor capitalization compared to the values ​​of the plants. (2) So as not to expose themselves to social responsibilities and damages, during and after their exercise.

A series of businesses – including Juwi Development 09 Srl, E-VerGreen EG-EDO srl, Madamalive Srl, MYT Development Initiatives Srl – thus aim to install wind farms in the Biella area with power ranging from 47,36 to 61MW.

2) Wind farms instead of rice fields

The 'escalation' of land robbery it is hidden between the lines of the projects that envisage a large electrical station (750 MW) in Cascina Baraggia, only to then foresee the doubling of the overall power. The addition of a third transformer would then allow the original system to be tripled.

The consumption of agricultural land it can thus go from the 516 hectares mentioned in the initial configuration (344 MW) to 3.642 hectares for its complete development (2250 MW). With serious damage to farmers, civil society and the entire economy of the Piedmont region, where the agri-food sector has a crucial role.

3) Ecocides in sight

The Draghi and Meloni governments moreover, after the in pejus reform of the Environmental Code and the green light for expropriations by private individuals with public law instruments, they have not even imposed surety guarantees to protect the community.

Micro-enterprises created to drain public resources, when the plants are no longer profitable, they can thus be put into liquidation or bankrupt, rather than face the costs of disposing of thousands of tons of materials.

4) STOP land consumption!

The race for 'green' energy must meet an insurmountable limit, the ban on land consumption. And this is one of the key points of political program by Dario Dongo, candidate in the European elections of 8-9 June 2024 in the North-East Constituency, with the #PaceTerraDignità movement. The reasons are simple:

– since the Second World War, Italy has been suffocated with concrete, asphalt and artificial coverings which now occupy approximately 21.500 km², with an increase of 76,8 km² in 2022 alone (+10,2% compared to 2021. ISPRA, 2023)

– soil consumption is a path of no return, since its formation (with the microbial biodiversity necessary to carry out the crucial ecosystem functions in agriculture and in nature) requires between 500 and 1.000 years without cultivation

– the generations in power today must stop these and other irreversible damages that their children will no longer be able to remedy, unless they suffer the dramatic effects on their quality of life. (3)

5) Which renewable energies?

Wind power plants they can be installed about ten miles from the coasts, in order to preserve the approximately 7.500 km of coastal landscapes that attract tourists from all over the world to Italy. A historical and cultural but also economic value, since tourism is one of the few sectors with growth forecasts and an always positive influence on the trade balance.

#PeaceLandDignity

Dario Dongo

Footnotes

(1) Dario Dongo. Land robbery, 'agri-solar parks' and wind turbines. GIFT (Great Italian Food Trade).

(2) Dario Dongo. Land robbery for wind and photovoltaic plants, revolution! GIFT (Great Italian Food Trade). 29.4.24

(3) Dario Dongo, Gabriele Sapienza. Italy, land consumption and ecosystem services. ISPRA report. GIFT (Great Italian Food Trade).

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