The Brazilian people need Embrapa. Brazil, in order to be a just, sovereign nation and its people well fed, needs Embrapa – a strong, public, dynamic, comprehensive, plural, democratic Embrapa, focused on the ecological transition that human life and the planet require, in agriculture. family and peasant agriculture, in the production of healthy food and in food and genetic sovereignty.
No nation has emerged sovereign and as a civilization until today, neither in ancient history nor in recent history, without food, genetics, energy and scientific sovereignty.
Embrapa is an essential pillar in the construction of a Sovereign Nation and a just and fraternal civilization – a project for which we fight. Without science – always in the plural and always plural, autonomous and sovereign, without ceasing to be dialogic and respectful – our civilizational dreams crumble in the dependence that enslaves us to the project of others, who suck and exploit us.
Of course, I defend a science system that is respectful and learner with popular wisdom, also science, with other epistemological matrices.
Embrapa is the godfather of the scientific and technological pillar for the food sovereignty of the Brazilian people – also to feed the world, not only with soy-based proteins, but with diversified foods – and, to the extent that plant sources can compose a matrix wise and balanced approach to food, environment and energy (alimergia), also for our energy sovereignty.
See that those who do not love Brazil Nation, nor our people, although they try to take possession of our flag, are intelligent and precise: their targets are Petrobras, Eletrobrás, scientific research and, now, Embrapa. They reach the basic pillars of the construction of our energy, food and scientific sovereignty.
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Embrapa did not escape the privatist rage of the current invaders of power. A strange project – called “Transforma Embrapa” – designed by the strange Falconi Foundation, strangely contracted (not by Embrapa, but by agribusiness employers) proposes the disguised privatization of Embrapa. A veiled privatization, camouflaged by pretty words, a well-designed trap.
In fact, this Falconi foundation, one day, will have to be rigorously investigated for the harm caused to the Brazilian people as the great architect of privatization. In the case of Embrapa, in particular, there will be a lot to explain.
The privatization project designed by Falconi is intelligent, shrewd, well designed, but criminal and anti-national. It puts Embrapa in the hands of multinationals, from whom it can pay for research, removes the State from its responsibilities for funding science and research, and throws everything into the market.
Check it out. Reason with me. Who dominates the supply of products and technologies for the Brazilian agriculture today are the multinationals. They don’t need research, or Embrapa researchers. It has its own survey. Those who need Embrapa are small and medium-sized farmers, ranchers, foresters, fishermen, extractivists, rural people, water and forests.
But if the agro transnationals do not need Embrapa as a public research company, and they are not interested, they have specific and highly profitable interests in their capital of knowledge: the scientific and technological collection accumulated in decades of research and the enormous and fantastic heritage (one of the largest germplasm banks in the world) mapped, identified and available of seeds, seedlings, active principles and microorganisms, which can be sold at a low price by a shredded and captured Embrapa.
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Years and years of studies, research, technological development, relationship with peasant communities to rescue, select, improve and identify uses, of animal genetics, agricultural, food, renewable energies, agricultural defense, forestry, medicinal, hygiene, cleaning, bioactive plants , environmental restoration, rock stone, bioinputs, biological control, and much more, will be delivered at a low price to multinationals, mortally wounding the interests of the Brazilian people.
Hence this summons. Let us stand up in defense of public Embrapa, a heritage of the Brazilian people and increasingly focused on the real needs of our people.
* Franciscan friar, activist of the Movement of Small Farmers (MPA) and Via Campesina.
** This is an opinion article. The author’s view does not necessarily express the newspaper’s editorial line Brazil de facto.
Source: BdF Rio Grande do Sul
Editing: Katia Marko and Marcos Corbari