The process of land expropriation has taken on diverse forms over the centuries. In Brazil it started a long time ago, with the arrival of the Portuguese, colonialism and the arbitrary distribution of the “new” lands to a few nobles.
Though Brazil looks very different today, and the process of land expropriation has transformed too, land ownership continues to be concentrated in very few hands. And it seems irreversible. The problem of land access has not been resolved; it’s gotten worse, as the vast monocultures of soy, corn, and sugar demonstrate: not foods destined for local consumption but almost entirely for export.
Agribusiness, often praised as one of the motors of the Brazilian economy, comes at a high price. A price that’s paid by indigenous peoples, family farmers, and obviously by the environment.
Bela Gil is an activist, writer and presenter. She has a degree in Nutrition from Hunter College in New York, where she also attended the Natural Gourmet Institute, and a Master in Gastronomic Sciences from the University of Pollenzo, Italy. She’s the Vice President of the Brazilian Organic Institute, created to represent, promote, protect and encourage the Brazilian organic movement.
The Food Talks are new and freely accessible format of Terra Madre Salone del Gusto: ten minutes for our guests to explore their thoughts on the world we live in, and the future we want for it. The full episode with Bela Gil will be released on December 16.
Event languages: IT, EN, PT