August 12, 2020

Business booming for Brazil farmers but deforestation looms large

Vera (Brazil) (AFP) – Brazilian farmer Rodrigo Pozzobon drives his pick-up truck toward his giant corn and soybean fields at the edge of the Amazon rainforest where, pandemic or not, business is booming thanks to surging demand from China.Pozzobon has been racing to keep up with Chinese orders for chicken and pig feed, like many farmers in the greater Sorriso region, in the western state of Mato Grosso — a vast expanse of farms considered the capital of Brazil’s booming agribusiness industry.”When this whole pandemic is over, I need a vacation,” said Pozzobon, an agricultural engineer, as he …


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