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On Location: The Dark Side of Paraguay's Agricultural Boom

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March 10, 2013
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Paraguay's economy has seen record growth, as it's agricultural production soared. It's now the fourth largest exporter of soy and exports more beef than Argentina. But rapid expansion of agro-industry has lead to deforestation and deadly land conflicts.


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