Brazil’s share in the global food market leapt from $20.6 billion to $100 billion in just ten years. Among the items standing out were meat, soybeans, corn, cotton, and forest products.
The key variables behind the result are linked to the prices of goods in the domestic market, favorable exports for grains and meats, and the production of the 2020 harvest.
Even though the production of grains went up 425% since the 70s, Tereza Cristina went on to point out, the planted area increased no more than 43 percent—just 30 percent of its territory for agriculture, maintaining over 60 percent of its native vegetation.
Brazil’s government statistics agency IBGE today (Mar. 26) published a study showing that the country lost 7.6 percent of its forest vegetation from 2000 to 2018.