Agro giants and NGOs stand together against Bolsonaro

Jair Bolsonaro's nonchalant approach to deforestation has created an unlikely union between agro producers and environmentalists against the government

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Wildfires continue to rage in the Pantanal. Photo: Chico Ribeiro/FP

The 19th-century essayist Charles Dudley Warner once said “politics make strange bedfellows.” The quote is appropriated to describe a newly-formed alliance between environmentalist NGOs and major agricultural producers — who together are calling for the Jair Bolsonaro administration to enforce deforestation controls in biomes such as the Amazon rainforest and the Pantanal wetlands. In a document sent out this week to Vice President Hamilton Mourão, who presides over the Amazon Council, 230 institutions put forward a list of measures the government should immediately implement to curb deforestation rates.

The so-called Climate, Forest, and Agriculture Coalition unites entities as diverse as the...

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