14 Jul '11, 9am

Return to the killing fields: the unspoken cost of Europe's cheap meat

Return to the killing fields: the unspoken cost of Europe's cheap meat

investigation by Friends of the Earth and the Ecologist in 2009 revealed the devastating impact of intensive soy farming on communities and the environment in Paraguay. Harrowing video footage showed people who had suffered pesticide poisoning or lost their land and livelihoods to industrial farmers, as well as vast swathes of rainforest destroyed to make way for new plantations. And it explained how Paraguay’s problems are fuelled by the demand for cheap soy in European and Asian factory farms. This March, Friends of the Earth returned to Paraguay to see if the situation had improved. The good news is that change is afoot, as a new Government stretches its wings after 50 years of a corrupt dictatorship and authoritarian regimes. But the progress we saw is limited, and the pace of change frustratingly slow. Doctors told us about serious pesticide poisoning symptoms they se...

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