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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 THE LIQUlD BIOFUELS PRODUCTION: ETHANOL The main biofuel in Brazil is ethanol, produced from sugarcane. lts use in automobile engines be­gan in the 1920s. The bi-fuel car is the best symbol of ethanol’s success: of the 1.98 million light vehicles licensed in 2016 in Brazil, 88%