Bolsonaro says Brazil can develop its agriculture while preserving the Amazon

This is a reversal for the far-right leader, who has so far shown himself in favor of the economic exploitation of the resources of this immense jungle which covers eight Latin American countries but most of which is found in Brazil.

The Brazilian head of state also described his bilateral meeting with US President Joe Biden on Thursday on the sidelines of this regional summit as “fantastic”.

Jair Bolsonaro, a staunch supporter of Donald Trump, has at times questioned the outcome of the 2020 US presidential election which saw Joe Biden win.

Mr. Bolsonaro also assured during his 15-minute speech that the Brazilian armed forces and police were launched “from the beginning in a tireless search” to find the British journalist Dom Phillips and the Brazilian expert Bruno Araújo Pereira, missing. since Sunday in a remote area of ​​the Amazon.

The already worrying disappearance of these two men, who were conducting interviews in the region for a book on the preservation of the environment, worries even more since traces of blood were discovered on the boat of a suspect arrested on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon retreated in May from the same period in 2021, but hit its second highest level for that month of the year in seven years, official data showed Friday.

In May, 900 km2 were deforested, an area equivalent to 126,000 football fields, according to the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), which compiles daily deforestation data. Last year, deforestation for this month reached 1,390 km2.

Since the beginning of 2022, the largest tropical forest on the planet has lost 2,867 km2, an increase of 12.7% compared to the same period last year.

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