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Sustainable Agriculture in Brazil CHAPTER 6 – TROPICAL INTENSIFICATION NATIVE FORESTS SAVED BY THE AGRICULTURE lNTENSIFICATION Brazil is the only country in the tropical belt of the globe to become an agricultural power. Management technologies have transformed poor soils into fertile land. The tropicalization of crops, with differentiated cycles, has enabled the use of lands

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Sustainable Agriculture in Brazil CHAPTER 6 – TROPICAL INTENSIFICATION THE GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROPS EXPANSION Brazil cultivated 49.1 million hectares with transgenic or genetically modified varieties (GMOs) in the 2016/2017 harvest, the largest increase in planted area in the world. Brazilian agriculture lags behind only the United States (70.9 million ha) in the world ranking of

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Sustainable Agriculture in Brazil CHAPTER 4 – RENEWABLE AGRO-ENERGY AGRICULTURE AND THE BRAZILIAN ENERGY MATRIX Brazil has one of the Earth’s cleanest energy matrixes, thanks to agriculture[1]. The renewable energy generated by the biomass produced by agriculture and livestock raising alone accounts for about 30% of the Brazilian energy matrix, equivalent to 250 million metric

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Sustainable Agriculture in Brazil CHAPTER 3 – ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND PRESERVATION A COMPARISON WITH THE USA Embrapa Territorial recently compiled a comparison between Brazil and the United States of Ameri­ca (USA) regarding land use and occupation, with emphasis on the maintenance of native vegetation. This comparison on relatively homogeneous bases sought to make compatible, as

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Sustainable Agriculture in Brazil CHAPTER 2 – PRESERVED AREAS IN BRAZIL NATIVE VEGETATION CONSERVATION Brazil is and will be increasingly recognized as an agricultural and environmental power. The en­tire grain (corn, rice, soybeans, beans … ), fiber (cotton, cellulose … ) and agro-energy (sugarcane, energy forests … ) production occupies 9% of the country, entailing

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Shades of Green (I) PRESERVED AREAS IN BRAZIL A PRESERVATIONIST TYPE OF AGRlCULTURE In absolute numbers, agriculturists as a whole have destined 177 million hectares for the preservation of native vegetation and biodiversity. The extent is unequaled, regardless of the unit of measure: 177 km² or 437 million acres. And it is also impressive percentagewise: