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Brazilians Flee Drought-Ravaged Land Once Touted as Frontier

  • Dry weather has farming companies cutting their loses
  • Matopiba once advertised by government as “new frontier”

It was advertised as Brazil’s “new frontier,” the vast savanna running alongside the Amazon jungle that would help meet China’s insatiable demand for food. The farmers of Brazil heeded that call, razing trees, plowing virgin land and planting soybeans at a frenetic pace for much of the past decade.

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