Despite these potential explanations, analysis of the causes of low social and environmental inefficiency behaviour is beyond the scope of this study.
6. Concluding remarks
From a sustainable development perspective, the social and environmental impacts of the modernization of Brazilian agribusiness have generated a growing concern in the search for balance between socioeconomics development and the appropriate use of natural resources. In this context, this research contributes to the discussion of sustainable development in the agribusiness sector of one of the largest food producer in the world. Because of the important role Brazil plays as an importer and exporter of agricultural products, changes in efficiency in the country’s productive process may have a significant impact on agricultural commodity prices all over the world.