France Cannot Compete with Brazil, Says Mourão on Macron's Criticism of Soy in the Amazon

French President associated grain from Brazil to forest clearing and defended production in Europe as an alternative


Vice President Hamilton Mourão (PRTB) countered this Wednesday (13th) the criticism of French President Emmanuel Macron, who, the day before, associated Brazilian soy with deforestation of the Amazon rainforest and defended production in Europe as an alternative.

Approached by journalists, Mourão said, in French, that the French representative is not well. "Monsieur Macron n'est pas bien," he said.

BRASILIA, DF, BRASIL, 12-01-202: Hamilton Mourão (Foto: Pedro Ladeira/Folhapress, PODER) - Folhapress

"Monsieur Macron is unaware of soy production in Brazil. Our soy production is made in the cerrado and in the south of the country. Agricultural production in the Amazon is minimal. On the other hand, our production capacity is unbeatable. Let's put it this way, our advantage in this field is much higher than the other competitors," said the vice president, responsible for the Amazon Council.

On Tuesday (12), Macron wrote on social media that "to continue to depend on Brazilian soy would endorse deforestation in the Amazon."

"We are consistent with our ecological ambitions, we are fighting to produce soy in Europe!" wrote the French president.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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