Disruptive technologies in agriculture could usher in artificial milk and beef

              Disruptive technologies in agriculture are coming your way very soon. Get ready or join the dinosaurs. Would you buy artificial milk or beef if the price was right? United States-based entrepreneur and Stanford University lecturer Tony Seba was in New Zealand on Tuesday for a workshop on disruption technologies, which are new ways of doing things that disrupt or overturn traditional business methods and practices. He focuses on entrepreneurship, disruption and…

South America limits access to its resources for foreigners

          South America limits access to its resources for foreigners? The country of Uruguay, sandwiched between South America’s largest economies Argentina and Brazil, is taking steps to protect its farmland from unregulated foreign investment which to date has been Argentina and Brazil. It’s a familiar story. Powerful countries with money to spend and mouths to feed look outside their own borders for agricultural land. But this time, it’s not only Europe or North America…

Chile the economic powerhouse of Latin America

          A Rising Star By Mike Konrad Chile is now seen as the economic powerhouse of Latin America. When I first started to seriously study South America ‐‐ from a mix of curiosity and an attempt to relearn the high school Spanish that I had forgotten lo those many decades ago ‐‐ I fixed on Argentina as the one South American country with the greatest historical potential. On paper, Argentina should be world power. In reality, it is turning out to be Chile. Chile is remembered…

FACTA Regulations- Why Americans are giving up there Citizenship

FACTA – Why  Americans living in South America are giving up there Citizenship in Droves By Martha Myron With the announcement last week from one of our major local banks, HSBC Private Bank Bermuda that they would no longer support accounts owned by US citizens, Bermuda residents with dual citizenship with the United States, and green card holders living in Bermuda, the concerns elucidated in many of my earlier columns regarding US tax compliance have come to pass. Fortunately, Butterfield Bank Private…

Powerful Reasons to Invest in Agro Pools in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay

Agro pools provide investors with the possibility to participate in a diversified pool of agricultural production. There are several reasons, both regarding macroeconomic variables and in respect to the particular of these vehicles which make them a compelling alternative for returns and diversification in the long term. World population is increasing, and emerging economic powers like China and India are changing their eating habits, demanding better quality and bigger quantities of food. Global food demand…

Agriculture industry’s economic prospects have been turned upside down.

The grain industry, which was a beneficiary of the great commodity super cycle, may be slipping into an extended period of moderation in prices, due in part to slowing global economies like China and Europe. The economies of emerging nations, such as Argentina Brazil, Russia, India, China, and Uruguay – along with South Korea, Indonesia, Mexico, and Turkey – are slowing. While the weighted average gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of these nations in the first decade of the century was in the high…

Uruguay farm sellers buy in Paraguay hoping to repeat their earlier success

Uruguay farm sellers buy in Paraguay hoping to repeat their earlier success Paraguay has become the main destination for Uruguayan investments abroad as they continue to invest very strongly, not only in the Chaco region, where they bought two million hectares, but are investing Itapua or even Missions provinces as well. They are planting rice, soy and in some cases rearing livestock with those two million hectares. With this investment a process of modernization of the Paraguayan countryside is happening as…

Uruguay looks to build a Powdered Milk Plant to Supply Cuba replacing New Zealand supplier

Uruguay looks to build a Powdered Milk Plant to Supply Cuba replacing New Zealand supplier Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez and Cuban counterpart Raul Castro agreed to consider the installation in the South American country of a plant to produce powdered milk for export to the Caribbean island, Uruguay’s vice president, Raul Sendic, said Tuesday. The leaders met Monday in Montevideo along with Cabinet ministers from both governments and agreed on “the need and the importance” of strengthening bilateral…

Is it the governments job to grow the economy ?

With Elections due in Argentina, it might be a good time to look at the benefits of Big Government Parties. It may seem counterintuitive, but the researchers don’t actually think it’s the government’s job to grow the economy. Yet when many people think about economic growth, they conjure up an image of economists pulling policy levers to force it on people. Au contraire. Most economists, and pro-market liberals in particular, do not think along these lines at all. The government’s job is not to teach…

A country profile of Bolivia

Bolivia is a country of statistical extremes, landlocked Bolivia is the highest and most isolated country in South America. It has the largest proportion of indigenous people, who make up around two-thirds of the population. Though rich in mineral and energy resources, Bolivia is one of South America’s poorest countries. Wealthy urban elites, who are mostly of Spanish ancestry, have traditionally dominated political and economic life, whereas most Bolivians are low-income subsistence farmers, miners,…

The Power of Key Words in Advertising

The Power of Key Words in Advertising Words in Advertising: If you ever have any doubts why the keywords are so important in advertising and marketing you should view this video. Anyone wanting to convey a message needs to think carefully about the words whether it is collecting money on the street or selling the most expensive property. It is the same mental thought process.   The Gateway Team – When you are Serious about Property www.gatewaytosouthamerica.com About Gateway to South AmericaGateway…

Are disruptive technologies like Airbnb and Uber creating another new black economy?

Are disruptive technologies like Airbnb and Uber creating another new black economy? It is called the “shared economy”. It has been embraced by millions of consumers globally, and has made multi-millionaires out of the savvy entrepreneurs behind its most high-profile services, like Uber and Airbnb. But for governments around the world, it has proved to be a difficult beat to police. The likes of Uber, the taxi industry disrupter, and Airbnb, the room-sharing service, have at times refused to play…

Has China has become Latin America’s lender of last resort ?

Has China has become Latin America’s lender of last resort ? As soon as Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner landed in Beijing this week she began lauding new deals with what she called the world’s “No. 1 economy,” ranging from two proposed nuclear power plants to joint space exploration. With her country’s economy contracting and its supply of dollars dwindling, Fernandez arrived Monday looking for help from China, which has already lent Argentina $14 billion since…

Latin America’s billionaires beat all world records

Here it  is, in cold numbers. The 87-page report, titled “Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census 2014,” says the billionaire population in Latin America and the Caribbean grew by a whopping 38 percent this year, compared with only 18 percent in Asia, 10 percent in the United States and 1 percent in Europe. The report says there are currently 153 billionaires in Latin America and the Caribbean, up from 111 last year. Interestingly, economically bankrupt Venezuela was the country with the biggest billionaire…

Should Latin America set aside outdated ideological prejudices, and insert itself in the global knowledge economy ?

Economists have been predicting for several months that Latin America will have a so-so year in 2015, but new projections from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund suggest that it may be worse than originally expected. That’s bad news, because economic forecasts from the World Bank and the IMF — and even to a greater extent those from the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) — tend to be much more optimistic than those of leading private economists.…
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