Brazil Becomes the New Food Superpower

As commodity prices soar, South America’s agricultural giant steps up to feed a needy world

The Brazilians still call these lightly wooded plains the cerrado—or “closed” or “inaccessible” land. But nowadays the cerrado is very much open for business, its fertility a springboard from which the world’s newest superpower in agriculture is emerging. “We have been able to transform wasteland into a bountiful land that is helping to feed Brazil and the world,” says Silvio Crestana, head of the Brazilian government’s agricultural research company, EMBRAPA.

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