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Why is George Soros Selling Gold and Buying Farmland

WHY IS GEORGE SOROS SELLING GOLD AND BUYING FARMLAND? By Mike Adams – August 14, 2011 Food prices are skyrocketing all across the globe, and there’s no end in sight. The United Nations says food inflation is currently at 30% a year, and the fast-eroding value of the dollar is causing food prices to appear even higher (in contrast to a weakening currency). As the dollar drops in value due to runaway money printing at the Federal Reserve, the cost to import foods from other nations looks to double in…

Weighing The Pros And Cons Of Setting Up Your Business In Brazil

By Brian Warren | articlesnatch.com Brazil brings to mind the images of soccer or the Amazon or the carnival. Although a small fraction, it is indeed a part of what makes Brazil. It is the largest country in South America in land mass and population, and shares borders with ten neighboring nations. Being rich and diverse in natural resources, it is a fascinating country with full of opportunities to be developed. Brazil is one of the great socioeconomic paradoxes, and although it resides comfortably at number…

Chile among ten countries with lowest default risk

In the Sovereign Risk Index 2011 published by the BlackRock Investment Institute, Chile ranked ahead of all other emerging and Latin American economies. Positioned among the ten countries with the lowest default risk, it also ranked close to Norway, Sweden and Switzerland, the world leaders in financial responsibility. “While most countries have a burden of net debt, [Chile] has good fiscal space, with assets that exceed its net debt and a surplus equivalent to 11% of GDP,” noted Garth Flannery, one of…

Brazil’s dairy sector seeks a comeback

Source: U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) In 2008, Brazil looked well on its way to becoming a significant player on the world dairy market. Export volumes had more than doubled over a two-year stretch to 1.1 million tons. The country posted a record dairy trade surplus (more than 630,000 tons) when only six years earlier it had run a 1-million-ton deficit. The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy in its 2009 Global­ization Report called out Brazil as one of a handful of emerging nations that could eventually…

Brazil´s Soy Boom drives an expansion of the railway networks

Despite challenges like high interest rates and high household electricity tariffs, the Brazilian economy has been growing at the highest rates seen in decades. Another problem that, although it has not stood in the way of growth, must be overcome is the costly use of roads for transporting farm products – an issue that is being addressed by the expansion of railway networks. Driving the 215 kilometres between Cuiaba and Rondonopolis, in the west-central state of Mato Grosso, is an exercise in patience.…

The Land Report – Campos – Ranches and Legacy Property Owners Around the World

        Hall and Hall – Eric O’Keefe of The Land Report report talk about Ranch Land in the USA. Much of what he says also applies to other worldwide Legacy properties like Estancia Punta del Agua in Argentina. Who are the Largest Private Land Owners in the United States of America Most of America’s biggest spreads are in the West. Here are the storied dynastic ranches owned by heirs of the Kings, Waggoners, and Burnetts. This is also where corporate chiefs like Ted Turner…

Brazil’s agriculture hits record values

Brazil’s agriculture hits record values By Paul Kiernan @Dow Jones Newswires     The gross value of Brazil’s top 20 crops is expected to rise 10% this year from 2010 to a record 199 billion reais ($125.9 billion), the Agricultural Ministry said Tuesday.   Higher global prices for foods and increased agricultural output in Brazil are responsible for the expected growth, which will push the aggregate value of the country’s main crops above 2008 levels, the ministry said in a press…

China invests USD 12.67 billion in Brazil

From K J M Varma China stepped up its investments in Brazil in a big way with fresh investment of about USD 9 billion, taking its overall foreign direct investment in that country to USD 12. 67 billion as the two countries warmed up under the BRICS alliance. China will invest USD 4.5 billion in Brazil”s technology sector this year shifting its investment in the Latin American country from agriculture and mining. With this, the Chinese investment is expected to hit USD 9 billion this year, with half of…

Unasur forecasts South America’s decade

  A new global order is emerging as a result of the world crisis and recession in developed countries and Latin America has a crucial role to play given its very satisfactory economic performance in recent years, said Unasur Secretary General Maria Emma Mejia. Meeting in Madrid for the tenth anniversary of the Spanish foreign affairs think-tank Royal Institute Elcano, Ms Mejia together with other world experts and politicians were invited to discuss the international crisis, the emergence of new powers…

Brazil prepares new bill to allow farmland foreign ownership

According to a source at the Presidential Chief of Staff’s Office, Brazil’s government is preparing a bill that would once again allow foreigners to buy over 5,000 hectares (12,350 acres) of land subject to prior government approval. Congress must approve purchases of 500,000 hectares (1.2 million acres) or more. The ban – which took the form of a reinterpretation of a 1971 law – was a response to reports that Middle Eastern sovereign funds and Chinese state-owned companies were attempting to buy large…

The South American agricultural landscape

June 2011 | by Simon Adamson       An arable crop of over a quarter of a billion tonnes is hard to imagine, but that’s what Argentina and Brazil are harvesting right now. Favorable weather, yields and prices have made many South American farmers winners again this season, but it also means shifting goalposts for agribusiness. Prices for arable land have jumped; in Uruguay they’ve risen 800% in the past decade. Soybean rules the landscape; it’s the crop of choice wherever it can be grown…

Brazil´s Hotel Industry adopts new star rating system to become more competitive internationally

The Brazil hotel market is booming in the build up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. But what the country has boasted in momentum it’s also lacked in transparency—until now. The country has launched the Brazilian System for the Qualification of Accommodation Options, a rating system that classifies hotels from one to five stars. To use the symbol, hotels must endure a qualification process from the Ministry of Tourism. In June 7th, the Minister of Tourism, Pedro Novais, signed off the…

Brazil registers the first legal actions against foreign farmland acquisition ban

The change in the rules for farmland acquisition by foreigners is causing a commotion in Brazil agriculture industry. Vendors and buyers in rural areas are starting to litigate to see who will pay for the restriction prejudices derived from a new inter pretation of law by the Union´s Attorney-General (AGU).   The ban – which took the form of a reinterpretation of a 1971 law – was a response to reports that Middle Eastern sovereign funds and Chinese state-owned companies were attempting to buy large…

Chile – Argentina Tunnel has Japanese Interest as Gateway to China

Japan also has an interest in the New Black Water Tunnel joining Chile and Argentina The powerful Japanese multinational Mitsubishi Corporation has been added to the list of interested parties to participate in the construction of the New Tunnel called Agua Negra informing the Argentine Foreign Ministry which has now ratified a number of new agreements with Japan . In his brief stay in Japan, Foreign Minister, Hector Timerman, met in Tokyo with Mikio Sasaki, one of the top executives of Mitsubishi Corporation…

Brazil considering leasing farm land to foreigners to circumvent sales restrictions

MercoPress South Atlantic New Agency Report Brazil may start leasing farm land to foreigners to find a way around new legal restrictions on land sales and attract more foreign investment, the agriculture minister said. Last year, foreigners seeking to buy large plots of land began running into legal roadblocks, after the attorney general’s office reinterpreted real estate law amid concern over property speculation by overseas investors. But President Dilma Rousseff, who took office in January, is looking…
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