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Status of Agriculture in Brazil

How Brazil feeds the world!

Laura Olson

on 10 March 2011

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...Brazil today History of Brazilian agricultural production Fast Facts: Brazil 5th largest country in the world
9th largest economy in the world
very diverse geography, including:
Tropical Savanna
Pine Woods
Agriculture in Brazil accounts for:
1/4 GDP
1/3 Jobs
9th most valuable, but largest producer in the world 8th most valuable,
4th largest producer in world 2nd largest producer world’s largest producer by far and Brazil's main crop
however, sugarcane farming only accounts for 1% of Brazilian land Cattle is Brazil's largest value Sugarcane Scientific Name:
Glycine max, or G. soja
Southeast Asia/China
*Growing requirements are similar to that of corn
Rainfall requirements:
Light to heavy rain
warm, at least 68 degrees F.
Growing period:
75-200 days depending on variety
Harvest method:
Scientific Name:
Today’s hybrid variety: Saccharum officinarium
In the wild: Saccharum spontaneum

South Asia
Brought to the Americas during colonization, slave labor
Rainfall requirements:
80 to 90 inches of rain
68 °F (20 °C)
Growing period:
15-20 months
Harvest method:
Mostly by hand Uses for sugarcane: Between 1975 and 2010,
sugarcane production increased from 89 to 696 million tons consumption and ethanol production why ethanol?
enviornment problems and challenges deforestation carbon emissions climate change brazil in 2020: Predictions climate change will lead to a 10% reduction of Brazil's arable land
sugarcane biomass to reach hydroelectric effiency
increase of sugarcane ethanol demand in the EU and US
world food demand will increase 20%, nearly half of which Brazil will provide
climate change will destroy 20% of its soy farmland 3.6 -7.2 degrees Celcius increase by 2030 Brazil still has 69.4% of its vegetation
14% deforestion as of December 2010
Government pledged to reduce deforestation by 80% by 2020 Brazil is the 4th largest GHG emitter
20% world carbon emissions Brazil is an agricultural powerhouse, but is its success sustainable? Discussion: In 2020, cilimate change will give brazilian
agriculture some challenges. but if adapted
properly, increased demand for food and
clean fuel will strenthen brazilian
agricultural economy soybeans works cited: brazilian
agriculture benefits of soybeans:
nitrogen-fixing bacteria to improve soil
mechanized harvest method
health benefits: protein
livestock feed
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