Surprisingly, the main producer of walnuts in Brazil is not the country that gives it its name, but Bolivia. In addition, these key factors are expected to continue to promote Brazil's nut production in the short term. During the period under review, the increase in global nut production in Brazil was mainly due to the increase in disposable income, the popularity of healthy eating and the growth of medical and personal care products. Half of the world's Brazil nuts come from Bolivia, another 40% more or less come from Brazil and the other 10% from Peru.
But he didn't mention that Colombia's cocaine production has simply been transferred to neighboring countries. The country produces the most tea in the world by far, but it lags far behind countries such as Sri Lanka and Kenya in terms of exports. Brazil is second only to the United States in beef exports, and the country's endless herds of cattle demand a lot of space, which has decimated the country's rainforest (almost 20% of the original forest so far). Brazilian industry was long monopolized by a single family, whose refusal to pay their farmers more pushed those workers to dedicate themselves to the much more lucrative livestock industry.
Bolivia, for its part, subsidizes walnut producers in Brazil, both to dissuade them from growing coca leaves and to prevent deforestation. It grows on trees in the rainforest, since the tree's complex ecological needs are difficult to reproduce on cultivated land. The fruit without nuts (actually more closely related to a blueberry) in question was once cultivated by a small monopoly in Brazil, but for many years Bolivia has led production. In recent years, several second- and third-tier exporters have outperformed former production centers, resulting in a constantly changing mix of food sources.