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Brazilian farmers' lobbies divided over EU complaints of Amazon deforestation

Tuesday, September 29th 2020 - 09:55 UTC
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Abag was among roughly 230 nongovernment organizations, companies and associations that called on the government of Bolsonaro to combat deforestation Abag was among roughly 230 nongovernment organizations, companies and associations that called on the government of Bolsonaro to combat deforestation

Brazil's biggest lobby group for soy farmers Aprosoja has broken ties with the Brazil Agribusiness Association (Abag) over its support for an initiative calling on the Brazilian government to rein in soaring deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.

Abag was among roughly 230 nongovernment organizations, companies and associations that called on the government of right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro earlier this month to take measures to combat rising deforestation.

Aprosoja's departure from the association highlights just how divisive the issue of environmental protection is for Brazil's farming sector, which overwhelmingly backed president Jair Bolsonaro in the 2018 election.

Environmental concerns in Europe over importing Brazilian products linked to deforestation have threatened to derail ratification of a free trade deal between the European Union and Mercosur bloc. That would deal a blow to Brazilian farmers who stand to benefit from increased exports.

Many of the biggest farmers and commodities trading companies say marginal producers, who do not represent the industry's mainstream, are driving illegal deforestation.

Some farmers, as well as Bolsonaro, blame Brazil's negative environmental image on a smear campaign by non-governmental organizations. Environmental advocates say Bolsonaro's policies that weaken environmental enforcement embolden illegal farmers, ranchers and miners to clear the forest.

Aprosoja President Bartolomeu Braz Pereira said Abag was playing politics by siding with non-government organizations. “NGOs have no interest whatsoever in preserving the environment,” Pereira said. By allying with NGOs, Abag was complicit in “denigrating the image of rural producers.”

Abag's press office said it would not comment on any member organizations leaving the association, but that it was not cause for concern.

Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rose 34.5% in the 12 months through July, Brazil's official period for measuring deforestation, according to preliminary statistics from government space research agency Inpe.

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  • Think

    Good decent Brazilian farmers' lobbies should not be divided over EU complaints of Amazon deforestation...!

    As everybody knows..., it is them bloody pedophile Amazonian Indians burning the Jungle down..., following orders from them European Baby Eating Iluminati Technocrats..., so them sandniggas from ISIS can plant their Coke&Poppy Killing Fields to demonstrate that the Earth is Flat...

    Capisce...?

    Sep 29th, 2020 - 12:53 pm 0
  • Think

    Uhhhhhhhh....

    An angry Engrish Lord above shouting and insulting...
    Must be that 5G microvawes that have turn his brains to mushy peas on toast...

    Yummmmmy...

    Sep 29th, 2020 - 05:37 pm 0
  • Pugol-H

    Dear Diary

    Would you Adam and Eve it, for a second time, Stink, has posted something that is actually quite funny.

    The age of miracles is not past!

    Sep 30th, 2020 - 12:12 am 0
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