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Ruralists want textbooks to omit the reality of the countryside

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São Paulo – The censorship of textbooks is on the agenda of entities linked to ruralists. Rural unions, producer associations and even the Agricultural Parliamentary Front are united to give impetus to a movement resembling, in method and in objective, that of the School without Party.

The difference is that instead of wanting to silence teachers and abolish the debate of ideas in the educational process, representatives of agribusiness want to sweep content from the pedagogical material that shows the negative impacts of the activity.

In other words, if it depends on them, books and handouts that bring texts and questions that show that the majority of illegal deforestation and forest fires will be banned are intended to expand the area dedicated to agriculture and livestock. They also want children not to learn about the devastation to health and the environment caused by pesticides. Nor do schools want to debate issues related to agrarian conflicts and the struggle of small farmers, indigenous peoples, quilombolas, riverside dwellers, land reform settlers and others against land invasion and land grabbing.

Agro villain

Last Wednesday (10), the Association of Soy and Corn Producers of Mato Grosso do Sul (Aprosoja / MS) launched a campaign to encourage parents to “evaluate” information from textbooks related to agribusiness. Especially to agriculture. According to the entity, the idea is to verify if the content “corresponds to the reality of the sector and the context in which they mention agriculture”.

“On several occasions the agro has already been mentioned as a villain. In other cases, biased information was verified, neglecting the knowledge and commitment of the rural producer. The expectation for an increase in the world population is a fact and feeding this contingent is the role of updated, responsible and technologized agriculture. We cannot tolerate misinformation and we believe that we can contribute to the enrichment of the content, for children to learn in fact, the role of men and women in the countryside ”, said in a note the president of Aprosoja / MS, André Dobashi.

Published on the association’s social networks, the textbook censorship campaign aims to attract the attention of rural producers and urban residents to the topic. The organization advises parents to photograph textbooks that they deem “intolerable” and send to their care. Photos must be accompanied by the name of the publisher and edition number. “A technical team will evaluate the content, which, if it is not in line with what is happening in the field, will be sent to the publisher and the Ministry of Education, in search of clarifications or even suggestions for changes,” says Aprosoja / MS in a note .

For ruralists, environmental crime and slave labor are distortions. (Reproduction)

“We want to add up and show us gifts. Agriculture has a fundamental role in the social, economic and environmental environment. Any information of an ideological nature and without scientific basis must be reported and removed from the didactic material. Therefore, we make ourselves available, ”said Dobashi.

Ongoing censorship

The campaign gives visibility to the movement “Keeping an eye on school supplies”, started in 2020 by Helen and Letícia Jacintho, two large rural producers in the region of Barretos (SP). Uncomfortable with the content of books and handouts that criticized the social, environmental and economic impacts of agricultural activity, they asked for support from other parents. Agronomist Xico Graziano also joined the censorship march.

In early December, representatives of the movement met with the Minister of Education, Milton Ribeiro, in a virtual audience. The minister, moreover, had already received a formal request for information on “the use of ‘Ideological content’ in school handouts for elementary school children ”. The author of the request was the federal deputy Jerônimo Goergen (Progressistas-RS), one of the most influential of the ruralist bench of the Chamber.

Deputy coordinator of the Gaucho Forum to Combat the Impacts of Pesticides, agronomist Leonardo Melgarejo considers the attempt to censor textbooks by groups interested in the sale of poisons a danger.

“I am afraid of the increase in damage to health and the environment, caused by misinformation and the abusive use of pesticides that this measure, if taken, tends to cause”, he said.

Outrage

For professor and researcher at the Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense (Uenf) Marcos Pedlowski, this is a direct interference in the didactic autonomy that can still be had in Brazil. “Even more than a sector that clearly causes serious environmental problems associated with pesticides and deforestation. And soy production is directly associated with serious labor problems, ”he said.

Pedlowski also considers it to be an attempt to attack any chance of a minimally critical pedagogy in Brazil. And especially in relation to the soy producers, who launched the campaign, he said that the sector should be concerned with producing the grains in a more sustainable way, without causing so much environmental and human health. “They should be concerned with bringing a more positive outlook to the sector. It will not be blocking educational content that will improve the image. It is a true shot in the foot. ”

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Argentine President contaminated by covid-19 and fulfills isolation

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São Paulo – The president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, informed on social media that he tested positive for covid-19, after showing symptoms of the disease. He said he is in isolation and has warned people with whom he has had contact in the past 48 hours. And he also reported that he had 37.3ºC of fever, in addition to feeling a slight headache.

The announcement was made this Saturday (3), the day after Fernández turned 62. “For everyone’s information, I am physically well and, although I wanted to end my birthday without this news, I am also in a good mood,” said the president.

He received the first dose of the vaccine (Sputnik) in January. The second, the following month. “I’m fine, I don’t have any symptoms. Only this fever from yesterday that I reported ”, he declared to the newspaper Clarín. “It is a very complicated virus, and the demonstration is that I got infected, even though I was vaccinated with both doses and with extreme care,” he added.

Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who received the second dose of the vaccine today, sent a message of support to “Daqui do Brasil I send good energy, hoping for its prompt recovery. May soon overcome this disease to continue caring for the Argentine people. Hugs, mate! ”He wrote.

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