Articles by Naira Hofmeister

Naira Hofmeister é jornalista graduada pela Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, fez especialização em Madri (Espanha), e é mestra em História da Literatura, também pela Ufrgs. Atua como freelancer desde 2006, sempre baseada em Porto Alegre. Ao longo de sua trajetória profissional cobriu o cotidiano político e econômico e escreveu reportagens de fôlego em quase 30 veículos diferentes. No último ano, colaborou com El País, The Intercept Brasil, Agência Pública, Yahoo, Superinteressante e piauí, entre outros meios de comunicação. Já desenvolveu três projetos de financiamento coletivo para o jornalismo independente no Rio Grande do Sul. Em 2018, como cofundadora do Filtro Fact-Checking, foi agraciada com o troféu Antônio Gonzalez de Contribuição à Imprensa, categoria especial do 60º Prêmio ARI de Jornalismo. Também integrou a equipe vencedora do Prêmio Direitos Humanos de Jornalismo, categoria “on-line”, com o projeto Amazônia Resiste, da Agência Pública.

Fish return to Southern Brazil after trawling ban

Small- and large-scale fishers report an increase in the volume and variety of fish species in the Patos Lagoon and the coast of Rio Grande do Sul state. Such abundance came after a bill banning motorized trawling on the state’s coast was passed and signed into law in 2018. Drafted by fishers and scientists and passed unanimously in the state parliament, the law goes against the interests of President Bolsonaro’s allies.

Brazilian meatpacker expands with World Bank funding but fails to reduce impacts in the Amazon

The International Finance Corporation injected $85 million into Minerva, even though it was aware that the company’s activities involved deforestation, child labor and land conflict risks. In recent years, Minerva has become Latin America’s largest meat exporter. But doubts remain over whether it has strictly complied with envi-ronmental and social compensation guidelines specified in its contract.

Brazilian taxpayers subsidizing Amazon-clearing cattle ranches, study shows

A new study shows taxpayer money is helping to prop up the beef industry in Brazil, one of the primary drivers of deforestation in the country. For every dollar of tax revenue collected from the industry, only 20 cents effectively goes to society — the rest goes back to producers in the form of incentives, easy credit, and even debt forgiveness.

As bioethanol demand rises, biodiversity will fall in Cerrado, study says

An area half the size of Switzerland in Brazil’s Cerrado biome could see its biodiversity plummet as sugarcane farms expand to meet global demand for bioethanol, a new study says. Researchers calculated that some parts of the Cerrado could see up to 100% loss of mammalian species richness; endangered animals like the maned wolf and the giant anteater will be the most affected.
Celebration of the Ashaninka people in the Kampa of the Amônia River Indigenous Reserve, by the Peruvian border. Image by Arison Jardim/The Ashaninka of the Amônia River Association.

$3 million and an official apology: Brazil’s Ashaninka get unprecedented compensation for deforestation on their land

An unprecedented court settlement guaranteed reparations to the Ashaninka people of the state of Acre, in the Brazilian Amazon, whose lands were deforested in the 1980s to supply the European furniture industry. The indigenous people only agreed with the negotiation because it included an official apology and a recognition of their "enormous importance as guardians" of the Amazon.
Celebration of the Ashaninka people in the Kampa of the Amônia River Indigenous Reserve, by the Peruvian border. Image by Arison Jardim/The Ashaninka of the Amônia River Association.