August 2019

Argentina

Beef-export boom spurs Gran Chaco deforestation

Once the engine of Argentina’s economy in the 19th and early 20th century, the beef-export industry later lagged behind large-scale grain production—particularly in recent decades, ......

Brazil

Debate in Brazil on pesticide-reclassification plan

New pesticide regulations are sparking disagreement in Brazil, with the government asserting they’ll make it clearer which agrochemicals are most acutely toxic and environmentalists saying ......

Peru

Ruling, ban, report offer insight on illegal logging

Placed alongside each other like puzzle pieces, a recent court ruling, a U.S. prohibition on imports from a Peruvian company and a new report provide ......

Mexico

Glut of seaweed in Mexico seen as energy source

Bad weather and world economic downturns aren’t the only events that can put a damper on tourism on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. Sometimes, as this year ......

Uruguay

World’s biggest pulp mill to be built in Uruguay

Going paperless,” an oft-stated aim in the digital era, would not seem to be the guiding principle for Uruguay’s export sector. Last year pulp was ......

Around the Region

UN panel issues landmark ruling in agrochemical case

In January of 2011, twenty-three residents of a Paraguayan settlement surrounded by large-scale soybean fields suffered symptoms of poisoning. The first to fall ill, a ......

Centerpiece (Free Read)

Forest-loss figures, fires embroil Brazil

Since Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro questioned the integrity of government deforestation data last month—then two weeks later fired the head of the agency that produces ......

Q&A

OAS’s Otero sees a rural-poverty, environmental-degradation link

Manuel Otero of Argentina directs the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), a unit of the Organization of American States (OAS) created in 1942 ......