Voicing concern over an aggressive agricultural policy that can damage the environment and displace thousands of rural workers and indigenous communities, is not pessimism - it is the manifestation of the polar opposite.
An important plebiscite in Brazil, which closes on Tuesday 7 September 2020, shows that hundreds of thousands of people feel there is a solution-led alternative to the steamrollering of big business and greedy government across swathes of land and lives.
The issues involved are vital to the future of our planet, its land and food management, and its most vulnerable communities.
I have explored these issues further in 'Food, land and politics' - http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/13032 
(c) Pascale Palmer is CAFOD's Advocacy Media Officer. www.cafod.org.uk