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Backwater to Breadbasket - 1
Alastair Stewart South America Correspondent
Fri Jun 21, 2013 06:39 AM CDT

SAO PAULO, Brazil (DTN) -- Driving through mile after mile of soybean fields in Brazil's Mato Grosso, it is difficult to imagine that just 30 years ago most of this was scrub or degraded pasture.

But that was all the time it took to transform the vast backwaters of Cerrado into the one of the world's great breadbaskets.

"When we came here, there was nothing. It's incredible to think how Mato Grosso has been transformed," said Antonio Galvan, who farms approximately 6,000 acres around Sinop, a city in northern Mato Grosso where the population has swelled from 40,000 to 115,000 ...

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