Brazil's Top 11 Resource Riches

- 2012-03-22T15:33:50Z

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Cattle

Brazil is the world's second-largest beef producer, with a commercial herd that exceeds 200 million animals. JBS SA, the world's largest beef producer, operates 62 plants in six countries, most of them in the state of Mato Grosso. JBS currently has the capacity to slaughter 87,290 cattle daily.

Brazilian beef is associated with higher greenhouse gas emissions than that produced by other countries because of the amount of carbon-trapping forests removed to raise cattle, according to a January 2011 study in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. As demand for meat increases across the globe, more food grain is needed, pushing farmers to level forests so as to increase soybean and corn production.

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