Despite Controversy Brazil on Way to Become World’s Top Soy Exporter

    Soy planted in Paraná state, Brazil

    Soy planted in Paraná state, Brazil Brazil has become the world's number-two exporter of soy beans just behind the United States totaling 25.6 million tons in 2006/07. The product is one of the country's main sources of international income.

    But as in Argentina and other countries soy expansion is becoming controversial in spite of the fact that the government expects the volume of production to keep expanding.

    Deforestation, soil degradation, changes in rain patterns are some of the claims launched by those who oppose the expansion of soybean and the "soy-agriculture" while others argue that the business foments the "trans-nationalization" of land since it's the big financial groups which are responsible for the lion's share of the harvest.

    However Brazil's Agriculture minister, Reinhold Stephanes, believes the country can become in the near future the world's leading exporter of soybeans, displacing the United States, forecasting exports of 50 million tons by 2017.

    According to Roberto Rodrigues, head of Agronegócios from the São Paulo Federation of Industries, FIESP, soybean exports represented 11.3 billion US dollars in 2007 and this year's crop is estimated in a record 60 million tons.

    Rodrigues describes the success of soybeans in Brazil as "a surprising boom," and recalls that in the sixties it was only planted in Rio Grande do Sul, in the Brazilian South and was all absorbed by the domestic demand. Soybeans were rotated with wheat.

    The oil seed in the seventies moved to São Paulo and the southeast of Brazil where it was rotated with peanuts. Later it moved to Paraná, in the South, and in the 80s and 90s together with the "green revolution" it pushed into the midwest and the north, two sub Amazon regions.

    The soybean expansion in Brazil was sponsored and promoted by the Brazilian Agricultural Research Enterprise. Scientists developed seeds which adapted to sub tropical and tropical climates as well as to soils next to the Amazon rainforest such as happens in the states of Mato Grosso and Goiás.

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    • João da Silva

      Jon
      [quote]I think we are seeing the tip of the iceberg as you hear news almost daily about food riots around the globe, the latest in Haiti[/quote]

      You are right, we are seeing the tip of an iceberg,indeed. The TV networks here do not give news about the food riots around the globe. But I have read about them in the newspapers.I also read about some protests in Argentina. The latest news about Haiti is that Brazilian government is sending some food aid to that country. I have been observing a a steep increase in food prices here since January 2007 but only now people have started talking about it. Our Prez gave an explanation and solution to this: “The poor, with more money in their pockets, are eating more thus driving up the prices. The solution is for the producers to produce more”!

    • jon

      Joao,

      I think we are seeing the tip of the iceberg as you hear news almost daily about food riots around the globe, the latest in Haiti

    • João da Silva

      Jon
      [quote]Yeah still here but I believe the site had comment problems ot that I was being censored[/quote]

      For the past two weeks, the site https://www.brazzil.com is preventing people from interfering in the domestic affairs of Brazil and probably they will fix it next year 😉

      However http://www.brazzilmag.com is still accepting comments from bright folks like us.Thanks for giving me the link to the article in the Time magazine. I read it and very interesting.

      One can not imagine the extent of adverse effect the growing of Soy and Sugar cane is having on the prices of staple food items for the Brazilians unless he or she visits a Supermarket.It is a pity that the domestic consumers are being penalized to subsidize the exports and to build our foreign exchange reserves!

    • jon

      Yeah still here but I believe the site had comment problems ot that I was being censored 😉

    • João da Silva

      Jon
      Ah, you are still alive,eh?

    • jon

      soya production
      Hey Joao,

      Check out this article with an eye on soya production in Brazil and USA:

      http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1725975,00.html

      Jon

    • João da Silva

      Despite Controversy Brazil on Way to Become World’s Top Soy Exporter
      Very informative article which brings hopes and optimism to our Soy exporters. I really do not see any controversy nor conflict regarding this issue. It is our duty to feed the world with Soy beans and sauce and there is no dispute over this fact either.

      [quote]However Brazil’s Agriculture minister, Reinhold Stephanes, believes the country can become in the near future the world’s leading exporter of soybeans, displacing the United States, forecasting exports of 50 million tons by 2017.[/quote]

      I wholeheartedly agree with our honorable Minister of Agriculture, though I would like the time table of 2017 brought forward to 2012. I think we should set our goals to displace the good ole U.S. of A in everything once and for all.

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