RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - "We don't want a Latin America focused exclusively on agribusiness and mining. We are fully capable of also being industrialized, technologically advanced countries," the ex-president said.
"The agreement is currently stalled because of the distrust of European countries regarding compliance with environmental commitments made by the Brazilian government," he added.
Lula also said that Brazilian agricultural production does not depend on the Amazon. "We have vast extensions of arable land, we have technology, advanced agricultural research. Our food production does not need to deforest the Amazon to export soybeans or raise cattle. The criminal . . .