Article | Agro, weapon and food insecurity in Brazil

I never believed that fighting hunger would be Bolsonaro’s public policy. With the almost blind support for agribusiness, it is impossible to believe that family farming would somehow benefit from the current government – this taking into account that 70% of the food comes from family farming.

With the arrival of the pandemic, we returned to the map of hunger, small farmers were totally helpless. As if that wasn’t enough, Bolsonaro launched a selfish, fascist and genocidal line last week: “There’s an idiot: ‘Oh, you have to buy beans.’ Man, if you don’t want to buy a rifle, don’t piss off anyone who wants to buy it.”

How does a President of the Republic have the cynicism to make a speech like that while thousands of people die of hunger and covid-19? Buying guns is not a priority in a pandemic – or rather, not at all.

Another excerpt from the same speech: “The CAC who is a farmer buys a 762 rifle. Everyone has to buy a rifle, man.” Saying that the farmer must arm himself is logically an anti-agrarian reform and genocidal policy, since movements like the Movement of the Landless Rural Workers (MST), the Small Farmers’ Movement (MPA) – major food producers in our country – and indigenous communities suffer frequent attacks from the media and the landlord agrarian model.

*Samuel Felipe Bueno, Militant of Levante Popular da Juventude, environmental technician, communicator and founder of Mídia ECO.

**This is an opinion piece. The author’s view does not necessarily express the newspaper’s editorial line Brazil in fact.

Source: BoF Paraná

Edition: Lia Bianchini

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