Food, Population and Environmental Problems: Brazil

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It is a fairly universal strategy to examine past and present trends in order to forecast the future. This can be commonly observed in everyday existence, as people rely on previous climate trends and recent weather phenomenon in order to make decisions such as how to dress and mode of transportation to use to go to work. Likewise, by employing the use of past and present data and trends, policymakers can make predictions of the future in order to create more effective policies, as well as find better “prescriptions” to solve existing problems (Lecture, 4/1/2010). There are existing neo-Malthusian theories, such as those made by Donella Meadows, et al., that the current trends, including increased population growth, subsequently increased resource consumption and industrialization, will eventually exhaust the limits of growth. As a result, society will suffer unintended and unpleasant consequences-- for example, higher death rates, reduced food output and massive unemployment (Lecture, 4/7/2010). While this is a mere theory, it can serve to illuminate the growing importance of examining both the history and current state of today’s industrializing and developing nations, in order to reach better outcomes in the future. A particularly useful example of such a nation is Brazil, emerging as the economic hub of South America (BBC, 1). Brazil has a plethora of escalating magnitudes, such as its evolving population growth, a growing and globalizing economy and an increasingly large presence in world affairs. As it is still considered a developing country, future policy is crucial to its success as a potential global power. Therefore, by carefully examining the past and present trends concerning population growth, resource ava... ... middle of paper ... ... Malena. Class on Food. The Ohio State University. Columbus, Ohio. 4 May, 2010. Thinkquest. "Rainfall and Drought in Brazil.” Thinkquest. Web. < http://library.thinkquest.org/20901/brazil.htm>. 2 May 2010. USDA. "The Amazon: Brazil’s Final Soybean Frontier.” USDA Foreign Agricultural Service 13 Jan. 2004. Web. < http://www.fas.usda.gov/pecad2/highlights/2004/01/Amazon/Amazon_soybeans.htm>. 2 May 2010. Unites States Library of Congress. "Brazil: Infectious and Chronic Diseases.” Web. < http://countrystudies.us/brazil/45.htm>. 2 May 2010. Waldman, EA, et al. "Cholera in Brazil" Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition 20 March 2002. < http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12022164>. 2 May 2010. Walzer, Robert. "Brazilian Windpower Gets a Boost" New York Times 9 Nov. 2009. < http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/09/brazilian-wind-power-gets-a-boost/>. 2 May 2010.
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