This article examines how actors involved in Brazil’s beef production sector define the sector’s role in food security in the context of re-primarization of the economy. Data drawn from 12 semi-structured interviews conducted between 2013 and 2014 with representatives of the sector show a contradiction between their framings of food security and those found in the scientific literature: while the latter increasingly stresses the need to reduce production and consumption of meat in order to strengthen food security in the long term, respondents present beef production as essential to ensure food security at the national and global levels. Findings therefore indicate that the sector’s discourse paradoxically puts the country’s food security at risk.
|Translated title of the contribution||Implications of Brazilian beef production for food security:: scientific versus industry discourses|
|Journal||Sustentabilidade em debate-Brasilia (Sustainability in Debate)|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Dec 2016|