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Reasons for Growth in South American Agriculture

New techniques and technology are being used to bring formerly unusable and barren lands into productivity

Part of the Green Revolution- hybrid and disease resistant seeds, fertilizers, pesticides

Economics is a factor: new demands from an increasingly sophisticated high end market and vegetarian habits/organic products

Demand includes traditional crops (soybeans) as well as specialized: radicchio, endive, asparagus, bok choy, artichokes, avocados and citrus

Demand for meat from protein hungry Chinese middle class

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