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.
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
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