Photo Credit: Carlos Bitta. Copyright: Charles Lane
Soy plantation owners Adiemier and Lena Rigley show documents from when their plantation was invaded by squatters.
Soy Bean Gold Rush
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Paraguay is the world’s fastest growing producer of soybeans. But the boom has been bad for native peasants. They lived for years on forestland that belonged to no one -- logging and growing food for their families. About ten years ago, the government either gave away or illegal sold the land to political friends in the soybean business. The soy farmers moved in pushing the peasants out. It’s a tense situation with peasants squatting next to the soy plantations and hoping the next presidential election will bring them some relief. Charles Lane reports.
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