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VIDEO | Brazilian agribusiness: divided on Bolsonaro, united against the Amazon

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Bolsonaro managed to rally a large number of supporters in the streets for his undemocratic acts on 7 September - Miguel Schincariol / AFP

Brazilian agribusiness is not unanimous, but it shares some common goals. Academics who spoke with Brasil de Fato analyzed the sector and explained the differences and similarities opposing two large agribusiness blocs of the country. Differences exist, but objectives as grabbing land from indigenous areas and the continuous regularization of illegal occupations in the Amazon are shared interests.

The difference is that some sectors, such as Brazilian Agribusiness Association (ABAG, in the acronym in Portuguese), tries to connect agriculture with sustainability, when other organizations, like the Brazilian Association of Soy Producers (Aprosoja, in the acronym in Portuguese), even funded the anti-democratic and pro-government acts of September 7th.

"Aprosoja has been advocating agendas that deepen deforestation in the Amazon. More recently, they spoke up for the "timeframe" argument and for the armament of rural people, which has even become a slogan. These are topics that ABAG avoids. ABAG is an important representative of transnational and stateless financial capital.  For sure, ABAG will align with the international market discourse on sustainability, although we know that agribusiness can be sustainable under no circumstances", says Frederico Daia Firmiano, Professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais.

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Edited by: Arturo Hartmann