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Brazil climate crises a dog’s breakfast for world as food prices rocket

Study predicts 10% drop in yields in 30 years, in which time global population is expected to grow more than a fifth

Peter Millard, Fabiana Batista and Leslie Patton

No country on Earth puts more breakfasts on kitchen tables than Brazil.

The farms that dot the vast plains and highlands that rise above the Atlantic coast produce four-fifths of the world’s orange juice exports, half of its sugar exports, a third of coffee exports and a third of the soy and maize used to feed egg-laying hens and other livestock.

So when the region’s crops were scorched and then frozen this year by a devastating one-two punch fuelled by climate change — the worst drought in a century followed by an unprecedented Antarctic front that repeatedly coated the land in thick frost — global commodity markets shook...

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