Welcome To Mato Grosso, The Giant Swath Of Land That's Feeding The Entire World

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Welcome To Mato Grosso, The Giant Swath Of Land That's Feeding The Entire World

Here's where Mato Grosso is located.

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Mato Grosso is comprised four large clusters of farms.

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This is the Mato Grosso Institute of Agricultural Economics' version of that map.

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Brazil is top 5 worldwide for most major crops, and is now the fourth-largest grains producer in the world.


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Mato Grosso is usually No. 1 within Brazil for each of those categories.

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The satellite view of the patchwork of crops is amazing.


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Many farms — like this one near the town of Ipiranga do Norte — are carved straight out of the forest.


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Mato Grosso farmers have been major beneficiaries of Brazil's explosive growth in arable land — up 26 percent between 2001 and 2009.


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The one farmer in the middle of this plot in the Vera region controls about 8,300 acres.

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Brazil's agricultural growth has been led by the Embrapa, or Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation.

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Embrapa is responsible for transforming the country's savannah region — at the center of which is Mato Grosso — into what the New York Times calls the country's "grain belt."


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Source: New York Times

The satellite views of Mato Grosso are spectacular. Here's some grazing livestock near a town called Sinop.


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And again, the spontaneous geometry is breathtaking.

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The region's success has not been without controversy — deforestation has become a major concern.

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The government is partially responsible. Brazil's farming growth has been subsidized by the government, to the tune of $64 billion, about six percent of the country's budget.

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But multinationals are also a major presence. Here's a Cargill plant in the southern part of the state.

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And just up the road is a mega ag plant with 20 processing facilities.

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Who's eating all of Mato Grosso's food? For meat, the Middle East.

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China buys 52 percent of Mato Grosso's soybean exports.

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Mato Grosso is landlocked and must rely on this single route to reach the port of Sao Paolo.

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But that has produced another milestone: Sao Paolo is now the largest port in Latin America.

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Sao Paolo port handles 780,000 tons of goods a day.

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