June 19, 2008 4:00 PM

As food demand soars, S. American production jumps, but with risks

Global food shortages and the resulting climb in prices have opened a window of opportunity for Boris Pisacco and farmers all over South America, and they've made the most of it by producing more soybeans and other grains than ever. South American countries such as Argentina and neighboring Brazil claim some of the world's best farmland as well as low population densities, giving the region perfect conditions for increasing food production, experts say.

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