Thursday, November 25, 2010
Brazil: Economy: Amazon And Biotech
Brazil is a modern, world class economy. Most Brazilians work in the service sector. If Brazil is poised to be a world power, it is to be on the strength of its economy, not the might of its military.
As for the Amazon, it is one of earth's lungs. The whole body has to pay for it, and the way to do that is for the rich countries to end their farm subsidies so the Brazilian economy puts less pressure on the Amazon.
Economic use can be made of the Amazon rainforest that explicitly involves keeping the forests just like they are. A global tourism industry could be organized around keeping this Garden Of Eden intact. Biotech is one of the next big things. I can't imagine that global biotech industry truly taking off if the Amazon is not kept intact. The global biotech industry has to pay to keep the Amazon intact. Royalties from drugs should be used to keep the Amazon intact. Killing the Amazon would be the planet committing harakiri.
Brazil itself has to take the lead. If you had the choice between growing soybean and feeding the biotech industry, which would you go for? That is a no brainer. The biotech returns are astronomical. That is like
Image via Wikipedia asking, do you want to make a hundred dollars or do you want to make a million dollars? Brazil should think in terms of making a million dollars.
America has Silicon Valley. Brazil has the Amazon. What oil did for the Arab countries, Amazon could do for Brazil. A massive investment in education, wireless broadband and keeping the Amazon intact would catapult Brazil to stratospheric heights. Russia and Portugal would come begging for foreign aid.
Clean tech, nanotech, biotech, web tech and microfinance are the big sectors for this coming decade and more. Brazil is already doing ethanol. It also needs to get into biotech.
Lula's rule has proven getting one's fiscal house in order is of paramount importance. Many good things come out of that, including programs for the poor to lift them out of poverty. The lessons are there for others to learn. Through democracy and through sound policies, miracles can be brought about.
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Brazil: The Landscape
Economy of Brazil - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia GDP .... $2.013 trillion (2009) (PPP; 9th) ..... GDP growth 8.8% (Q2 2010) ..... GDP per capita .. $10,514 (2009) (PPP; 75th) ..... GDP by sector agriculture: 5.5% industry: 28.7% services: 65,8% (2007) ..... Export goods transport equipment, iron ore, soybeans, footwear, coffee, autos, automotive parts, machinery ... Main export partners China 12.49%, US 10.5%, Argentina 8.4%, Netherlands 5.39%, Germany 4.05% (2009) ..... Main import partners United States 16.12%, China 12.61%, Argentina 8.77%, Germany 7.65%, Japan 4.3% (2009) .... Credit rating BBB- ..... moderately free markets and an inward-oriented economy. ..... has been predicted to become one of the five largest economies in the world in the decades to come ..... trade partners number in the hundreds .... Brazil's main trade partners in 2008 were: Mercosul and Latin America (25.9 percent of trade), EU (23.4 percent), Asia (18.9 percent), the United States (14.0 percent), and others (17.8 percent). ..... the top country in upward evolution of competitiveness in 2009, gaining eight positions among other countries, overcoming Russia for the first time, and partially closing the competitiveness gap with India and China among the BRIC economies ....... a pioneer in many fields, including ethanol production. .... Brazil, together with Mexico, has been at the forefront of the Latin American multinationals phenomenon ...... local companies have successfully turned global ..... a pioneer in the fields of deep water oil research from where 73 percent of its reserves are extracted .... the first capitalist country to bring together the ten largest car assembly companies inside its national territory ..... When the Portuguese explorers arrived in the 15th century, the native tribes of current-day Brazil, totaling about 2.5 million people, had lived virtually unchanged since the Stone Age. ........ sugar, gold and, from the early 19th century on, coffee. ..... tens of millions of tons of steel, 26 million tons of cement, 3.5 million television sets, and 3 million refrigerators. ...... 70 million cubic meters of petroleum were being processed ..... 161,500 kilometers of paved roads and more than 93 Gigawatts of installed electric power capacity. .... industrial sector accounts for three fifths of the Latin American economy's industrial production ..... foreign direct investment, which has averaged US$ 30 billion per year the last years, compared to only US$ 2 billion per year last decade ..... labor force is estimated at 100.77 million of which 10 percent is occupied in agriculture, 19 percent in the industry sector and 71 percent in the service sector. ..... a complex agribusiness sector ..... family agriculture, over 800 thousand rural inhabitants are assisted by credit, research and extension programs. The special line of credit for women and young farmers is an innovation worth mentioning, providing an incentive towards the entrepreneurial spirit .... schools and health outlets. The idea is that access to land represents just the first step towards the implementation of a quality land reform program ..... the largest cattle herd in the world ...... 25 percent of global exports of raw cane and refined sugar .... world leader in soybean exports .... 80 percent of the planet's orange juice .... the highest sales figures for beef and chicken