Brazil's Agriculture Boom Exacts High Cost

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Tree stumps left over from fires.

Settlers are carving farmland from the Brazilian rainforest, often setting illegal fires. These fields were torched just a few months ago, and grass for grazing cattle has already sprung up. Martin Kaste, NPR hide caption

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Brazil is on course to become the world's next agricultural superpower. The South American nation may soon surpass the United States in the production of soybeans, and some say the ecological changes are contributing to a longer rainy season in Brazil, and are contributing to the greenhouse effect.

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