Industrial soy plantations are devouring this endangered South American habitat

October 17, 2019

The Gran Chaco — a landscape of dry tropical forest and savanna grasslands that straddles Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina — doesn’t have the glamorous image of the neighboring Amazon rainforest to the north. Yet it is home to a wealth of biodiversity, including 3,400 plant species, 500 bird species, 150 mammals, 120 reptiles and […]

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Paraguay’s soybean boom is a human-rights crisis

August 28, 2019

Genetically modified soybeans, grown on an industrial scale, have made Paraguay the world’s sixth-largest producer of the crop — and the plantation owners rich. Yet these soybean plantations gobble up land and guzzle water, and require massive use of agricultural chemicals, bringing about what the United Nations now says is a human-rights crisis for small-scale […]

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Paraguay 1, Malaria 0

September 4, 2018

One of the world’s major killers, on the rise in many regions, is no longer a threat in Paraguay. The World Health Organization, which certified Paraguay malaria-free, primarily credits the country’s conquest of the mosquito-borne disease to its system of free public health care, and the involvement of communities. This is the first time a […]

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