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China is importing millions of tons of soybeans from Brazil (pictured) and Argentina to feed livestock to meet a growing demand. To enhance the supply, China is buying farmland and agricultural companies in South America. (Associated Press)

China is importing millions of tons of soybeans from Brazil (pictured) and Argentina to feed livestock to meet a growing demand. To enhance the supply, China is buying farmland and agricultural companies in South America. (Associated Press)

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