|Virgin Amazon rainforest borders an area of jungle destroyed to make way for farms in Brazil|
Katia Abreu leads the ruralista bloc [The congressional block of large landowners and agri-business] in Congress and is chairman of the CNA (National Confederation of Agriculture), the country's leading ruralista association. In 2012 the Senator was among the chief organizers of the changes in the new Forest Code that gave loggers amnesty and encourages deforestation.
Abreu is single handedly leading the charge to destroy Brazils ecosystem. The rancher from Golas has already helped wreck what was left of Brazil's forest code. She continues to be a driving force (ironic use of the word) behind more roads pushing through the Amazon, for more federal control over indigenous reserves, for increased use of genetically modified "terminator" seeds.
Greenpeace saw fit to give her the Golden chainsaw award.
Now she wants to be President. Interviewed recently in her office she declared,
Running for president is not a plan – it is fate. I'm getting ready for that, preparing in case it is my destiny. Criticism from radical environmentalists is the best form of endorsement. It gives me satisfaction. It shows I am on the right track and playing the right role.
Margaret Thatcher had one of the greatest liberal political minds. She built a set of principles that changed the world. I'm only sorry that I didn't have the opportunity to meet her.
It's clear that the intention of the Ruralist bloc in Katia Abreu's group is to expand the agricultural frontier to the detriment of forests by felling forest in an unprecedented way in the Amazon for the profits of large agricultural interests.
Well, duh. Its called capitalism, after all.
Silvio Costa, who heads the watchdog group Congress in Focus in Brazil,
Subjects related to agriculture, to land ownership are not discussed in Brazil or in the Brazilian Congress in a democratic way. Because there's a group with power to approve anything they want, they just approve.
Well, duh. Its called the State, after all.
Meanwhile, in Brazil — home to 60 percent of the Amazon rain forest and a major component of the planet’s climate system — the rate of deforestation jumped 28 percent during 2012-13. Environmentalists say the 2012 change in Brazil’s regulations governing forest conservation is partly responsible.
That is not good.
The problem though goes way beyond the forest. Hey, some argue that Brazil is actually doing better at protecting the rainforest (which it isn't), but even if that were the case, Marcia Macedo of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais and the Woods Hole Research Center says other biomes have been short-changed in the process, that the new law allows legal deforestation of an additional 400,000 square kilometers of the Cerrado, a woodland savanna that has already been reduced in extent by 50 percent in recent years. "That's an area almost the size of California. Allowing that to happen would be an environmental disaster."
Hey, maybe I should mention that Brazil leads the world in dead environmentalists. According to the report, titled Deadly Environment, the country with the highest number of "Dead Friends of the Earth", as it calls them, is Brazil – a massive 448. The Guardian writes:
In Brazil, the main reasons are illegal logging followed by cattle ranching and industrial agriculture.
“Driven by the powerful agricultural interests at the heart of Brazil’s export-focused economy, farms push ever deeper into the forest and spawn many conflicts,” the report states.
The thing about those deaths though, is that they also indicate the amount of resistance and the courage of the multitudes of indigenous and environmental activists as well as others fighting against all of this and fighting for a new commons and a new world.
Meanwhile, from Global Post.
They razed paradise and put up a soybean lot
Brazil's agro powers are excited to be edging closer to soy giant the United States. But environmentalists say there's another reason to be very afraid for the rain forest.
Field of soy dreams. (Yasuyoshi Chiba /AFP/Getty Images)
Welcome to the edamame jungle. (Norberto Duarte/AFP/Getty Images)