Brazil, India, China and Russia are four countries, which have rapidly rising economies, inclusive of a profitable agricultural sector. It is where innovative ideas meet to spark something interesting and functional – an idea that floats, rather than sinks. It is so terribly difficult to come across those and even when you do, how lucky do you have to be to also be gifted with the business acumen to make your idea a successful business venture?
The answer is: terribly. You have to be terribly lucky to pull off that feat, so long as the luck has a seductive, shrewd and calculating cushion to fall comfortably upon. This correlation between fate and being smart, is what can propel agriculture forwards. And that is needed: it is needed because nine billion people need to find food resources to eat by 2050, and as an innovator, as an analyst, you must also think about how to create wealth, and shrink environmental footprint.
Soybeans farming at the expense of the Amazon?
In Brazil, soybean farming is seeing a great peak in demand. The Amazon rainforest is one of nature’s brightest wonders – we must protect it, at all times. However, this demand for farming in soybeans (and cattle) had hampered the natural wonder in the past, because of decades of deforestation. This happened in 1990s and the 2000s infact, but since the last ten years, activists and farmers have been protecting more than 33,000 square miles of rainforest.
The resurrected portion of the forest has kept tonnes of carbon dioxide out of the climate, and farming of soybeans is also doing really well. Brazil is the world’s second largest producer of soybeans, because farmers nowadays are more invested in efficient farming methods, rather than attempt to rake in profits. Expensive machinery and seeds, that produce mature crops early, has permitted farmers to grow more seasonal produce. This rise in efficiency has increased the amount of farming produce in tonnes. In fact, this perfect soybean farming story in Brazil, is leading many experts to believe that a growth in food farming, leading to greater consumer consumption, is finally also helping save the environment.