Antonio Ioris, 2018, Agribusiness and the Neoliberal Food System in Brazil: frontiers and fissures of agro-neoliberalism
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The leading narrative about the power of the Brazilian agribusiness is maintained by a vaunt image of individual entrepreneurs promoting modern technological innovations and bringing the “development” to the most recondite regions of the country. This book demonstrates the fallacy of this narrative through three main evidences. First, the fact that the “agro-neoliberalism” is largely anchored in the spoliation of cheap labor and natural resources. Second, the confirmation that these activities are only economically viable because of strong State support. Third, the recognition that their socio-environmental costs questions the virtuosity of this model of development.
The first evidence is generally associated with the expansion of agricultural commodity production, mainly of soybeans. In the last two decades, Brazil has taken advantage of the commodity prices “boom” to consolidate itself as one of the world’s leaders in this market. In 2017, although Brazil was not yet the global...