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VIDEO | Brazilian state-owned research corporation controlled by agribusiness

According to workers, Embrapa has been diverted from some of its main missions: contribute to the food security

São Paulo (SP) |
Embrapa was created to help the brazilian agriculture
Embrapa was created to help the brazilian agriculture - Gustavo Porpino/Embrapa

The Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, known as Embrapa, is a state company working on researching and developing technologies aimed at farming producers. However, the company’s workers and parliamentarians complain that Embrapa is being used to benefit big agribusiness companies.

"In the past, the corporation's board of directors had workers responsible for maintaining communication between Embrapa and society. Today, there is only the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Economy. It ends up limiting the company to one area. It should primarily focus on trade balance products and agricultural commodities", says Dione Melo, from Embrapa Workers Union.

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Edited by: Arturo Hartmann