Last Wednesday (28), a publication on the federal government’s social networks marked the Day of Farmers and Women Farmers and generated indignation. The post referred to the expansion of gun ownership for rural landowners and the incentives given to agribusiness by the government itself. In the published image, instead of a farmer, the image showed the silhouette of an armed man.
From 2010 to 2015, Brazil led for five consecutive years the ranking of violence in the countryside carried out by the NGO Global Witness, which in 2017 denounced that the country is the most lethal for activists fighting in defense of the land and the environment. In 2020, the Pastoral Land Commission’s Report on Conflicts in the Field documented and systematized 1,576 instances of land conflicts in 2020, the highest number since 1985, when the report began to be published.
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In view of the events, which had repercussions for the disrespect for family farming, the sector that guarantees 70% of the food that reaches the Brazilian population’s table, the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) in Pernambuco made a donation of 13 tons of food from the reform. this Thursday morning (29), at Armazém do Campo, in Recife.
Paulo Mansan, from the state coordination of the MST, highlights the importance of mobilizations like this one at a time of setbacks in policies aimed at rural workers. “It is very important to tell the Bolsonaro government that, while it promotes violence, we choose solidarity. Even with little or no incentive, family farming is producing healthy food,” he says.
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The food will be sent to the Network of Popular Food Banks of the Mãos Solidárias Campaign, which is located in several suburbs of Recife and the Metropolitan Region, and around a thousand lunchboxes will be distributed to the homeless population in the capital of Pernambuco. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the MST has built and strengthened healthy food production initiatives and solidarity between rural and urban areas through the campaign, which operates in various regions of the state.
Source: BoF Pernambuco
Edition: Vanessa Gonzaga