Since the election of Jair Bolsonaro as President of Brazil, the country has registered more than 200 pesticides, most of which pose health and environmental risks and most of which are banned in Europe. It must be said that Bolsonaro received the support of agri-food lobbies during its campaign. According to Greenpeace UK's Unearthed agency, "a number of foreign companies have registered products in Brazil that contain chemical ingredients that are not approved in their country of origin". Among them are the German companies Helm and BASF as well as the Chinese company Adama.
The NGO adds that "nearly half of the products approved since Bolsonaro took office contain active ingredients on the Pesticide Action Network's list of extremely dangerous pesticides, indicating that they pose a risk to human health or the environment".
To protest against this, a Swedish supermarket decided to boycott Brazilian products. Johannes Cullberg, founder of Paradiset, a Swedish organic grocery chain, has launched an alert campaign called "We don't have time".
Included on social networks with the hashtag #boycottbrazilianfood, his campaign does not go unnoticed. "We all vote three times a day with our knife and fork. By deciding not to buy and eat food from Brazil, your voice is heard all the way to Mr. Bolsonaro's office, forcing him to reconsider his decision," Cullberg explains.
His action has already provoked reactions from the Brazilian ambassador in Stockholm and the Minister of Agriculture, Tereza Cristina, who denounced a "defamation campaign" in local newspapers. But that doesn't scare Cullberg: "Now is the time, more than ever, to protect and better care for our planet. The president is supposed to be a role model and ambassador for an entire country. Mr. Bolsonaro's actions affect not only Brazil, but the entire planet.
A particularly symbolic boycott since it comes at the time of the signing of the free trade agreement between the EU and Mercosur (Southern Common Market) involving Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Venezuela.