Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity

Brazil's breadbasket


In less than 30 years Brazil has turned itself from a food importer into one of the world’s great breadbaskets. It is the first country to have caught up with the traditional “big five” grain exporters (America, Canada, Australia, Argentina and the European Union). It is also the first tropical food-giant; the big five are all temperate producers.

Here's how they did it.

By Ezra Klein  |  September 1, 2010; 1:57 PM ET
Categories:  Food  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Lunch break
Next: Thrown into managerial waters


Public Radio's "Living on Earth" recently had a nice piece that explored "Soylandia", Brazil's vast savanna and croplands:

Posted by: meander510 | September 1, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Great story. Great link.

Posted by: BHeffernan1 | September 1, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

It's tempting to speculate that the boom in agriculture in the cerrado has helped marginalize the few but immensely destructive Amazonian ranchers, allowing Lula's government to cut the subsidies that keep them in business. However the continuing power of America's parallel sugar farmers warns against over-optimism.

Posted by: JamesWimberley | September 1, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Post a Comment

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions.

characters remaining

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company