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Lunch with the ruralists

  • Landowners control Brazil’s parliament

A group of wealthy agribiz owners get to make self-enriching policy affecting millions because they backed the overthrow of Dilma Rousseff.

  • by Anne Vigna 
  • Le Monde diplomatique

he parliamentary ‘ruralist’ group meets every Tuesday in a villa in a classy district of Brasília, and, according to its PR, ‘they have lunch and discuss a different topic every week.’

Bruz 1aThe ruralists form a lobby of powerful landowning parliamentarians, and the results of their discussions later reach Congress or the Planalto (presidential palace).

Alceu Castilho, who monitors Brazil’s agrifood industry, said: ‘Over lunch they decide how they’re going to deal with Indian rights or…

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