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  • Writer's pictureLuiza Bruscato

The role of Brazil in the global food system was discussed in Brussels during the Brazil Agri-Food Facts event.

The city of Brussels, Belgium, was chosen to host the latest edition of Brazil Agri-Food Facts. The event was organized by the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) in partnership with the Brazilian Mission to the European Union (EU), and also involved rural producers, researchers, and specialists from the Brazilian agricultural industry.

This annual initiative raises discussions about sustainable food and agriculture and provides relevant, fact-based data on Brazil's agricultural production to farmers worldwide.

Luiza Bruscato, Executive Director of the Brazilian Roundtable on Sustainable Livestock (GTPS), was invited to represent the Group and contribute to the debate, showcasing Brazil as the world's largest agro-environmental power. She shared her panel with Andre Nassar, Executive President of the Brazilian Association of Vegetable Oil Industries (Abiove).

In addition to highlighting the importance of bringing global visibility to the issue, the presence of GTPS alongside other institutions, such as the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa), the Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock of Brazil (CNA), and Abiove, reinforces the sector's position and commitment to meeting the European Union's requirements to advance in these negotiations and ensure the food security of countries affected by the new diligence.

According to the GTPS director, the union of these institutions demonstrates Brazil's interest in actively participating in the decision-making processes of the diligences, which can have both positive and negative impacts on the entire national and even international agricultural production chain.

This was also one of the points raised by the Brazilian Ambassador to the EU, Pedro Miguel da Costa e Silva, who highlighted the challenges producers will face to ensure compliance with these diligences.

"We need to reinforce the message that in Brazil, we are already producing and conserving, presenting facts and practical projects, and showing that we have the capacity to increase productivity efficiently, thus 1) being more profitable for the producer (social pillar), 2) using less land, fewer inputs, and emitting less (environmental pillar) due to the country's unique production model," concluded Luiza.

The diligence is expected to be signed by the European Parliament next year. Meanwhile, the discussions continue in a series of events being promoted by the embassies of the involved countries, including the next one on November 30th, where Luiza Bruscato will also participate in Agritalks Ireland, providing information on emissions in the sector.

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