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Kátia Abreu
Senator of the Republic through the state of Tocantins, Brazil, Kátia Abreu is the president of CNA -- Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock of Brazil, an entity the brings together 27 state Federations, 2.142 farm unions and more than 1 million producers.

The first woman in the leadership of Brazilian agro-business, a sector that represents 24% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), it employees 37% of the work force and generates 36% of the exportations, Kátia Abreu defends the restructuring of Brazilian rural, where it is able to guarantee the security of income to Brazilian producers.

An advocate for the strengtheneing of free enterprise, Kátia Abreu considers indispensable the development in Brazil in infra-structure for transport, especially in ports and waterways. The construction of the country for opportunities for everyone, in her evaluation, makes for a strong market economy and for more investment in education.

“Only education guarantees the independence and the progress of people”, affirms the senator, upon reiterating her support for projects for in Brazil for the implantation of the all day schoolling.

The senator’s fight for a better society and a solid and modern economy includes control of public spending, a reduction of the excess taxation and more just redistribution of resources and functions among cities, states and the federal government.

Entries by Kátia Abreu

Saboia, in Bolivia, Dared to Challenge the Foreign Ministry

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 3:47 PM

It is impossible not to admire the nobility and courage it took for our diplomat in Bolivia, Eduardo Saboia, to bring Senator Roger Pinto Molina to Brazil, after the senator had been in a self-imposed exile 15 months in our embassy in La Paz.

In the past,...

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The Brazilian Government Has Woken Up

(1) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 4:38 PM

The cost of transporting soybeans from the city of Sorriso (Brazilian West) to China through Santos, the main port in Brazil, is approximately $ 190/ton, nearly three times more than would be spent transporting the product to the same destination, from Illinois (USA).
The North American competitor spends only...

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An Anchored Ship

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 1:48 AM

When do we allow for ideology above economic reasons, of the market and competitiveness, anchoring a large Brazilian trade ship at the port of small regional claims?

At the Mercosur (the economic and political agreement among Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Venezuela) summit 15 days ago in Montevideo, political issues...

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There Is Only One Cure: Politics

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 7:30 AM

For the ills of Polis, politics is always the remedy, even when it is also the disease.

The only cure for politics, whatever the stage of the anomaly, is more politics.

The voice from the streets, usually seen as the rejection of politics, is nothing more than its primal...

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The Pope and Semantics

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 3:49 PM

There are themes that, by their magnitude and pervasive nature, take precedence over any others, simply because they are so unusual. This is the case of the resignation of Pope Benedict 16.

Apart from the numerous conspiracy theories that the world media would give , indifferent to the explanations he...

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Republican Environmentalism

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 3:31 PM

It's a great mistake to separate the universe of agricultural with preservation. Agriculture is one of our most environmentally sustainable activities. Were it not so, we could not continue to produce wheat in the Old World, after millennia of consecutive harvests.

Agriculture is not and could not be degrading; otherwise...

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The Technology That the City Does Not See

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 4:51 PM

Agriculture is a broad concept. It encompasses all animal and vegetable products that come to the Brazilian (and all the countries) table.

It starts with the wood used in the construction of the table, then goes through the cotton table cloth covering the table.

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Deciphering China

(1) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 11:02 AM

Recently China chose leaders who will command the country for the next ten years. I was in Beijing, opening the representative office of the CNA (National Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock of Brazil).

Although the succession of Chinese politics arrived with no near the drama and uncertainty that marked the...

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Archaic and Modern

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 10:08 AM

Agriculture is the strategic main base in Brazil's global competition. Its high productivity, quality and quantity break through barriers, lower prices and make life better and cheaper. Unjustly, this uncontested and statistically demonstrable truth, which makes rural life combined with technology a material and economic novelty, has yet to have...

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Rio+20: Success of Failure?

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2012 | 5:18 PM

International summits do not necessarily have the dramatic intensity to satisfy our appetite for spectacle. However, they do serve an important function for the dissemination of ideas which goes beyond appearances.

This was the case for the environmental summits at Rio-92, Kyoto, and will certainly be so with Rio +20.

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Brazil Can Feed the World Without Harming Nature

(5) Comments | Posted February 27, 2012 | 2:27 PM

Brazil is prepared to feed the world without destroying the environment. Our agriculture has grown 247.13% in the last 35 years, but has saved 73.3 million hectares of natural forest. This was the result of investments in technology, generating 151% gains in productivity, even though the area occupied by rural...

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The New Brazilian Forest Code: A Product of Political Consensus

(1) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 1:03 PM

Environmental policy does not align with political doctrine, but rather with knowledge and common sense. The result of a broad and democratic debate, Brazil's new Forest Code is widely supported by the government and the majority of Congress, both of which act as representatives for the urban and rural populations...

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Who Could Refuse to Protect the Rainforest of Brazil and Feed 9 Billion People?

(17) Comments | Posted October 24, 2011 | 5:26 PM

Anyone looking at Brazil on the map sees a huge swath of green, which symbolizes a country that is blessed by natural resources and a true environmental power. It isn't without a price that the world can see Brazil in this way. We have ensured keeping 61% of the land...

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What Is True and False in Rep. Aldo Rebelo's Proposal About the New Forest Code in Brazil

(2) Comments | Posted August 26, 2011 | 3:50 PM

By 2050, with the world population reaching 9 billion people, Brazil will take a leading role to meet the demand of the planet. As the president of the Brazilian Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock (CNA), representing one third of the Brazilian workforce -- comprised of rural workers and millions of...

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