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Agriculture could help preserve Brazil’s native vegetation

More efficient farming key to conserving Cerrado's native vegetation brazil agribusiness
More efficient farming key to conserving Cerrado’s native vegetation

In 2015, one region of Brazil was nicknamed “the last agricultural frontier of the world.” Known as “Matopiba,” this unofficial territory comprises 337 municipalities in four states (Maranhão, Tocantins, Piauí, and Bahia), adding up to 73 million acres and 25 million inhabitants. Between 2000 and 2014, it increased its agricultural production by 239 percent. Matopiba’s main crops are soybeans, cotton, and corn, all of which are grown on large properties. The region was responsible for producing 10 percent of the country’s grains in 2014/15.

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