In Brazil, a landholder who speaks for agribusiness

Juan Forero – The Washington Post, 12/17/2012

A landholder and power broker in the country’s capital, Katia Abreu has heard all the warnings about ranches and soybean farms carving up Brazilian forests.

But as she rides a chestnut mare across fields of sorghum and corn — her 12,355-acre spread here in the soft hills of north-central Brazil — Abreu insists Brazilian farmers should be commended, not demonized. Big Agro has transformed this country into a breadbasket to the world, she said, one that’s poised to feed billions.

“We are not ashamed of anything,” Abreu said. “What’s important is that Brazil increase production.”

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