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The Soybean Wars
Produced by: Charles Lane
Soybeans, rows and rows of soybeans all around. In western Paraguay the fields that were once thick rain forests are now soybean plantations. They stretch far into the distance swaying hypnotically back and forth in the wind. This ocean of soy, though, is dotted with small islands--houses, actually, that belong to the subsistence campensinos who once eked out a living farming an array of crops like sugar, cotton, wheat, and maize. But now there is only industrial harvested soy. And pesticides. Soybeans, of course, have a very good reputation in the West (think tofu and biofuels), but the reality is they have damaging repercussions in developing nations where environmental laws are lax and local populations are exploited by multinational corporations. Right now, this is happening in Paraguay, the world's fastest growing soybean producer.

Program Credits

The Soybean Wars was produced by Charles Lane, and mixed by Jared Weissbrot. Special thanks to the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting.


Denounciation of growth
A group of farmers march in the Paraguayan capital rejecting the country's claims of economic growth

Genetically modified soybeans
An article on the implications of the soybeans rush in South America.

All you need to know about Paraguay.

Pulitzer Center Reportingon Crisis Reporting: Soybean Wars
A focus on the soyabean wars in Paraguaya and its impact from different sources and political related links.

Paraguay: Corruption, Reform, and the Financial System
by: Jeffrey R. Franks, Valerie Mercer-Blackman, Randa Sab 2005
A frank look at the governing system in Paraguay

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