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Brazil Farmers Look To A Return To Trees

Brazil’s leading agriculture lobby is recommending that farmers in the world’s emerging breadbasket plant trees as a way to boost financial returns while offsetting carbon emissions, according to a new report. Parts of Brazil’s agricultural sector have come under fierce criticism from the country’s international competitors for allegedly expanding output at the cost of destroying

Brazil Farmers Urged To Plant Trees

Brazil’s leading agriculture lobby is recommending that farmers in the world’s emerging bread basket plant trees as a way to boost financial returns while offsetting carbon emissions, according to a report it released Dec. 6. Parts of Brazil’s agricultural sector have come under fierce criticism from the country’s international competitors for allegedly expanding output at


Bunge Exits Brazil Fertilizers

The advance of mining companies BHP Billiton and Brazil’s Vale in the fertilizer sector in the past few years kept U. S. agribusiness group Bunge on tenterhooks. The world’s largest oilseed processor realized it was time for change in its operations. The result was the recent announcement that the firm would sell its upstream fertilizer

Biggest Brazil Soy State Loses Taste For GMO Seed

Farmers in Brazil’s Mato Grosso, the country’s top soy state, are shunning once-heralded, genetically modified soy varieties in favour of conventional seeds after the hi-tech type showed poor yields. “We’re seeing less and less planting of GMO soy around here. It doesn’t give consistent performance,” said Jeferson Bif, who grows soy and corn on a

Brazil Soy Growers Fear Green Backlash, Plant Trees

Soybean farmer Clovis Cortezia has started replanting native rainforest trees on his farm to meet demands of international buyers keen to be environmentally responsible. Like other growers in Brazil’s No. 1 soy-producing state Mato Grosso, Cortezia started replanting trees native to Brazil’s centre-west savanna in 2007 on 4.6 hectares of his 8,000-hectare farm in Lucas


Mechanical sugar harvest increases unemployment in Brazil

Ines Ferreira dos Santos lives with four of her kids in a spacious, colourful house at the end of a dusty street. “With money from sugar cane we built this house. It has been good to us, too good,” the 43-year-old housewife said. This is the 11th year that her husband, Joao Barbosa dos Santos,