Brazil Becomes the New Food Superpower

by Dave


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US News and World Report
With millions of people literally hungering for affordable food, Brazil‘s breakthroughs in tropical agriculture may prove to be the key to feeding a growing global population. If Saudi Arabia fills the world’s gas stations, China assembles its consumer goods, and India vies to staff its office services, then it is Brazil that is stepping forward to stock its pantries.

With ample sun and fresh water and more available arable land than any other country, Brazil seems to be on a historic trajectory to becoming the next great global breadbasket. “Brazil can be No. 1 in the future in agricultural production,” asserts André Nassar, a leading agricultural economist based in São Paulo. “I think we will exceed the U.S.”

Brazil has already achieved some eye-popping gains. It is now the top world exporter of beef, poultry, soybeans, sugar, coffee, and orange juice. It is rising in other categories. Soy yields this year here in the central-western state of Mato Grosso are the best ever, reaching levels seen in Iowa and Minnesota. And Brazil looks to widen its lead as the top global exporter of ethanol as a result of its low-cost processing of sugar cane.