2011

Paraguay images: the cost of soy

South America's rainforests are being destroyed by huge plantations of soy - mostly grown to feed animals in factory farms in Europe and elsewhere. In Paraguay soy now covers as much as 30% of eastern departments.

Friends of the Earth's recent fact-finding trip captured the evidence.

In these galleries we take a close look at how soy is affecting Paraguay's environment - and people's lives.

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Paraguay images: the cost of soy

Fields of soy in Alto Parana with remnants of the Atlantic Forest behind, Paraguay

Little remains of the unique Atlantic Forest bordering this soy field in the eastern department of Alto Parana

A farmer works on cleared land in Itapua department near the Brazilian border, Paraguay

A farmer works on cleared land in Itapua department near the Brazilian border

A field of maize in Alto Parana, Paraguay, being sprayed at dawn

Dawn mist over soy fields in Alto Parana while a famer takes advantage of the cool morning temperature to tend to his crop

Fields of soy, Alto Parana, Paraguay

A summer crop of soy in Alto Parana. Intensive agricultural techniques mean some farmers boast of being able to produce three crops a year

Silhouette of soy growing in a field in Paraguay

It's almost harvest time in eastern Paraguay. Soy farmers apply a final round of chemicals to kill off all the leaves so the beans are easier to collect

The soy fields surrounding this church in Alto Parana department clearly breach Government safety regulations. The ban on plantating within 50 m of public buildings and paths is meant to prevent people coming into contact with toxic chemicals used on crop

The soy fields surrounding this church in Alto Parana department clearly breach Government safety regulations. The ban on planting within 50 m of public buildings and paths is meant to prevent people coming into contact with toxic chemicals used on crops

Soy plants contrast with the red earth near the eastern frontier town of Ciudad del Este

Soy plants contrast with the red earth near the eastern frontier town of Ciudad del Este

Soy silos next to a soy field in Alto Parana, Paraguay

Grain silos beside vast soy fields are a common sight in eastern Paraguay

 

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