Tofu Politics

China’s appetite for Brazilian-grown soy beans is helping soy farmers there to flourish, but government officials want China to do more than just buy raw materials: President Hu Jintao hasn’t come through on a promise to make sizable investments in South America and attitudes there are hardening. From NPR’s Morning Edition:

China is emerging as an economic powerhouse throughout the world — including in the backyard of the United States.

Hungry for trade with mineral- and agriculture-rich , the Chinese are binding themselves closer with the continent, snapping up commodities such as Brazilian soy and Chilean copper in record amounts.

In , the soy bonanza is changing the fortunes of soy farmers, as well as the landscape. …

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