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Environmental Justice in Latin AmericaProblems, Promise, and Practice$
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David V. Carruthers

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262033725

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262033725.001.0001

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Environmental Justice and Agricultural Development in the Brazilian Cerrado

Environmental Justice and Agricultural Development in the Brazilian Cerrado

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Environmental Justice in Latin America

Wendy Wolford

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on the agricultural progress in the Brazilian cerrado, demonstrating its role in ensuring environmental justice in the country. The Brazilian cerrado is composed of the scrub-brush grasslands and forests located in the country’s Center-West region. Significant developments in infrastructure, biotechnologies, and government support have encouraged agricultural commodity producers to set up large farms in the region. These developments play a key role in connecting the cerrado with advanced production, marketing, and distribution networks throughout the world. Soybeans, as one of the major crops of the region, enabled Brazil to emerge as one of the leading global soy producers with the potential to compete with the United States in the global market. Farmers from the United States have also shifted into this region, driven by high profit margins and the possibility of emerging as leading cultivators.

Keywords:   Brazilian cerrado, infrastructure, biotechnology, distribution networks, United States

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