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"Soya: Silvino's Story" - Paraguay

Having broken the 60-year-old stranglehold on power of the right wing Colorado party, former Catholic Bishop and now President Fernando Lugo promises to tackle the years of injustice that were the hallmark of the old regime.

At the time of his coming to power, 2% of the landowners controlled 80% of the productive land. Much of that land had been parcelled out among the supporters of the Colorado party, other parts had been sold off at rock bottom prices to large Brazilian landowners.

These owners cleared large swathes of land on which they planted genetically modified soya. And the production of soya has become hugely controversial in Paraguay. Silvino Talevera died from pesticide poisoning from spraying the soya. His mother has launched a nation and international campaign to highlight the adverse effects of Paraguay's soya industry.

Girl suffering from pesticide poisoning
Girl suffering from pesticide poisoning
Peadar King and Petrona Villasboa
Peadar King and Petrona Villasboa