Big Agro continues its anti-regulation charge

Congress is leading the charge to lift environmental regulations in the Amazon rainforest, continuing the work started by President Bolsonaro

Big Agro continues its anti-regulation charge in Congress
Aerial view of deforested area, cleared for pastures in the state of Amazonas, Brazil. Photo: Paralaxis/Shutterstock

In a now-infamous cabinet meeting on April 22, 2020, Brazil’s then Environment Minister Ricardo Salles alerted his peers to what he believed to be a golden opportunity created by the Covid-19 pandemic. With media attention firmly focused on the health crisis, he suggested the government should take full advantage and make a series of unpopular changes to rules and regulations, with Mr. Salles promising to “run the cattle herd” through the Amazon rainforest.

Indeed, Mr. Salles went on to issue a series of decrees and ordinances to facilitate the extraction of mineral resources in the rainforest and slacken environmental...

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