Brazil's Top 11 Resource Riches

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

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Soybeans

Soybeans have become so ubiquitous that Ford Motor Co. even uses soy-based foam in car seats and head restraints. Most of the crop becomes livestock feed (66 percent), cooking oil, biofuel and food. Demand for soybeans increased at almost four times the pace of population growth in the past decade.

Drought and higher-than-normal temperatures in Brazil in February may cause the biggest-ever annual drop in production.

Workers harvest soybeans at a farm in Tangara da Serra, Mato Grosso state in western Brazil.

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