This article examines the history and present-day dynamics of deforestation and cattle grazing in Brazilâ€™s Amazon. It discusses the long-standing strategic alliance between agribusiness and the Brazilian state, as well as the role of livestock grazing in Brazilâ€™s developmental ideology of the frontier. It shows how the livestock industry is enlaced with soy production in the deterritorialization and deforestation of the Amazon, as well as the legalized theft of indigenous lands. It places these
Brazilian dynamics into larger international context and analyses the class structure and state capture of Brazilâ€™s agro-industrial sector.
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