What happened to biofuels?

Energy technology: Making large amounts of fuel from organic matter has proved to be more complex and costly than expected SCIENTISTS have long known how to convert various organic materials into liquid fuel. Trees, shrubs, grasses, seeds, fungi, seaweed, algae and animal fats have all been turned into biofuels to power cars, ships and planes. As well as being available to countries without tar sands, shale fields or gushers, biofuels can help reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by providing an alternative to releasing…

A warning for South American Wine exporters – Counterfeiting is rife in your primary markets

South America is producing some of the best wines export in the world . In 2014 an Argentine Malbec won the prize for being the best red wine in the world. Counterfieting is of deep concern to many South American exporters, including winemakers. Asia is a major transgressor in this regard. The statistics of counterfeiting make alarming reading. The most recent OECD estimate dates from 2007, when it says cross-border counterfeiting totalled around US$250 billion annually and almost two percent of global trade…

Scientists now agree transgenic crops ( GM) are safe after years of study

Scientists now agree transgenic crops ( GM) are safe after years of study Activists who flip-flopped on genetically modified farming Environmentalists frequently criticize transgenic crops. Until recently, Mark Lynas was no exception. A British journalist, researcher and activist, Lynas helped found the movement against genetically modified (GM) foods in the mid-1990s. But as time went on, he started questioning his views, leading him to publicly denounce his previous positions during a speech at the Oxford…

The Southern Cone of South America, are major farm machinery manufacturers

Several major agricultural machinery brands are manufactured in the Southern Cone of South America, including: These are just a few examples of the major agricultural machinery brands manufactured in the Southern Cone of South America. Contact the Gateway to South America team to learn about the best investment opportunities in the region. The company is a benchmark for foreign investors wishing to invest in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, providing expert advice on property acquisition…

Which Latam Countries have become more open to trade

The article discusses the evolution of trade openness in Latin American countries over the past 60 years, highlighting the growth and diversification of some economies while cautioning against the potential adverse effects of increased dependence on trade. Key takeaways:1. Trade openness, measured as the percentage of GDP made up by a country’s total two-way trade, has grown significantly in many Latin American countries since 1960, with Mexico leading the way with a 300% increase.2. A drop in trade openness…

Is the US dollars Dominance ending in Trade?

Despite recent doubts about the dominance of the US dollar as a global reserve currency, its position remains strong due to its immense starting advantage, network effects, and the supply of safe assets available to dollar investors. While individual countries can circumvent the dominant system, a shift to a multipolar system of currencies is not imminent and would be inherently less stable. The reason why not: Counter arguments: Conclusion: China’s controlled flows of capital and current-account surpluses…

How Brazil out farmed the American farmer

After a half-century of dominance, the U.S. is losing its edge in agriculture to a booming, high-tech Latin American powerhouse. Its secret weapon? Soyabeans. A big swath of soya-producing lands that stretch between the Andes and the Atlantic forest and from northern Argentina to the southern flanks of the Amazon basin. Soylandia, as this immense region might be called, is almost entirely unknown to Americans and indeed much of the Western World. But it may well be the future of one of the world’s most…

South American three-year drought partly driven by ‘triple-dip’ La Niña

Southern Brazil, Paraguay and northeastern Argentina are still experiencing a severe drought affecting soybean and maize production. Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, South America’s three major agricultural producers, are experiencing a prolonged drought and low water levels in their main rivers. This severely impacts harvests and river transport of important summer crops, with maize and soybeans the main casualties.  Although conditions may improve, the grain harvests of 2022 and 2023 could result in…

The Truth Behind the Drought in Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile: Exploring the Role of Climate Change

Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile have grappled with severe drought conditions for the past few months. These countries have been experiencing the lowest levels of rainfall in 35 years, leading to crop failures and threatening food security, access to water, people’s health, and ecosystems. The big question is, what is causing these drought conditions? While some argue that climate change is to blame, others dispute this claim. In this blog post, we will explore the role of climate change in exacerbating…

As a consequence of a historic Argentine drought, it could lose its position as the world’s leading soy meal exporter

On Tuesday, the Rosario stock exchange (BCR) said that Argentina is set to lose its status as the world’s top exporter of processed soy meal due to the toll of a historic drought on the country’s main cash crop. In a report, the Rosario stock exchange (BCR) predicted that Argentina’s soy meal shipments will likely be overtaken by neighbour Brazil for the first time in a quarter century during the current harvest. The 2022/2023 national soy meal output is expected to plummet 36% from the previous…

Pioneer New Zealanders investments in Brazilian Dairy Farming pay off

Dairy Farm – Fazenda Leite Verde Investors from New Zealand are still entering with force in Brazilian, with some of the original investors farming in the southwest of the Bahia region, specifically the city of Jaborandi. Their focus was on dairy farming using high technology – especially the giant centre pivot irrigation units – and developing a new breed of cattle, a  Kiwi Cross, generically called Kiwi-like fruit. There were four pivots with 425 meters radius of rotation, and each covered…

Latin America’s economic slump got you down? Get the lowdown on what may happen in 2023! Find out how these could affect your business or investments in the next year.

The global economic slowdown will dampen Latam’s growth prospects, but a reconfiguration of the global economy following the war in Ukraine may give rise to unexpected opportunities for the region. Five Facts About Latin America Economic Outlook Economic challenges faced by the world Nowadays, many countries are struggling with economic difficulties, Latin America included. The Latin American economic outlook for March 2023 shows growth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Governments use policy regularization,…

Brazil is an Agricultural Powerhouse

Brazil is the world’s largest producer and exporter of sugar, coffee and orange juice, as well as the largest exporter of beef, soybeans and poultry. One in four grains consumed in the world is produced in Brazil. More than 5 of every 10 glasses of orange juice drunk worldwide come from Brazilian oranges. Brazil’s beef cattle herd is 8 times the size of Australia’s. Brazil’s rise to agricultural superpower status has been underpinned by rapidly increasing efficiency in utilising production factors,…

What the future for Mercosur looks like?

Mercosur is a group of countries that includes about 300 million people and covers almost 15 million square kilometres. They’ve got some awesome things going for them, like tons of biodiversity, rich farmlands, and lots of energy resources. The group started in 1991 when Brazil and Argentina decided to put their differences aside and work together. They made a treaty called the Treaty of Asunción, which said that they wanted to be able to move goods, services, and production factors between countries.…

Agricultural Investment opportunities in Brazil

Brazil is the world’s largest coffee, soybeans, beef, and poultry exporter, making it an ideal location for agricultural investment. The country has abundant land resources and favourable climatic conditions, making it a top choice for agribusinesses looking to expand their operations. Investing in agricultural land in Brazil can be an excellent opportunity for individuals or companies seeking to diversify their portfolios, secure food supply chains, and generate long-term returns. This post will discuss…
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