Green for gold: social and ecological tradeoffs influencing the sustainability of the Brazilian soy industry
Garrett, Rachael D.
Rausch, Lisa L.
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Rights / licenseCreative Commons Attribution 4.0 International
In this study we assess the sustainability of the Brazilian soy industry over the past 40 years in comparison to alternative land uses. We conclude that Brazilian soy production performs as well as or better than sugarcane or cattle production in a number of areas, including macroeconomic contributions, local economic development and land use efficiency, though it involves similar tradeoffs between growth and equity, and food production and conservation. While there is no evidence that soy has reduced food security in Brazil, tax redistributions and value-added activities from soy remain limited, particularly in comparison to sugarcane production. Emerging environmental governance measures have helped to reduce the land cover impacts from soy; however, little effort has been taken to minimize the impacts of intensification. Show more
Journal / seriesThe Journal of Peasant Studies
Pages / Article No.
Subjectsoybean; agribusiness; Brazil; environment; equity; development
Organisational unit09659 - Garrett, Rachael / Garrett, Rachael
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