Monthly Archives: November 2012

Brazil to Surpass the U.S in Corn Production and Export

Brazil to Surpass the U.S in Corn Production and Export

There is nothing quite as good as a bowl of Corn Flakes when you just need to have one.  Well, in the not too distant future, those flakes may be made with corn grown in Brazil, really.

With so much land dedicated to cultivation, Brazil is increasing its exports of food and foodstuffs.  Currently, U.S. imports of Brazilian corn are small by global standards but they are rising fast, and they mark just one element of the increasingly complex and sometimes contentious relations between the world’s agricultural superpower – the U.S. — and its fast-growing competitors amid shifts in the global economy.

Now led by U.S. private equity money and Midwestern know-how, Brazil has established a massive agribusiness industry. Just as American firms have moved production to China to be close to potential consumers, the John Deere equipment trundling across Brazilian fields and the Kellogg’s Corn Flakes found in Brazilian supermarkets come from local factories.

Despite what is described as intense cooperation between the two governments, there is an underlying current of competition.  Brazil challenged U.S. cotton programs in the World Trade Organization in 2009, arguing that U.S. government support for domestic growers held down world prices and hurt cotton farmers in Brazil.  Are they out of their cotton-picking minds!

Now, back to that bowl of Corn Flakes, because they’re Grrrreat!  Wherever they come from.

Read Howard Schneider’s The Washington Post article here:

http://bit.ly/Wtrl9a

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FIFA Touring Brazil

FIFA Touring Brazil

Are you counting down the days until the first kick for Brazil 2014?  If you are, you’re not alone.  FIFA, in what might be called a boondoggle if their work wasn’t so vital (man, those guys have great jobs), is travelling around the country of Brazil, in an effort to ensure that progress on theContinue Reading

Border Trade War Threatened Between Brazil and Argentina

Border Trade War Threatened Between Brazil and Argentina

This is exciting.  Two female heads of state are about to go to blows over trade.  I hate to be stereotypically silly, but I can’t help myself.  We’ve got an international cat fight on our hands!  Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff will meet with her counterpart Argentine President Cristina Kirchner in the Argentinean city of CardalesContinue Reading

Miami a Cheap, Fun Shopping Vacation for Brazilians

Miami a Cheap, Fun Shopping Vacation for Brazilians

You see them all the time walking around like giddy pre-teen age girls who have just sited Justin Bieber.  They are the pre-holiday shoppers from Latin America.  The love the malls in Miami.  Favorite spots:  Sawgrass, Aventura, and Bal Harbour.  Brazilians especially, they love them some Miami malls.  For that reason, the forecast for theContinue Reading

Big Shot Brazilian Politician Facing Jail Time

This is news because it is surprising that any high-level Brazilian politician would face jail time for corruption.  So rampant is it, that usually justices either look the other way, or issue a slap on the wrist.  However, according to what we have seen during a historical trial in Brazil, justices in the Supreme FederalContinue Reading

Whole World Looking Forward to 2016

Sports and business in Brazil are gearing up for Rio 2016. Incorporating all of the Olympic sports into a country’s own existing sporting culture is a task that requires work and commitment from the host country. The delivery of the Rio 2016 Games will have a great impact on the mission of bringing the OlympicContinue Reading