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[lofo List] Argentina's gauchos
Below is an excerpt of a recent article by Naomi Klein.
The full article can be found here: http://www.naomiklein.org/articles/2008/05/diary-financial-times
The truth, I learn later, is that the fires are the result of a
radical shift in Argentina's agricultural economy. This country used
to be all about the grass-fed cows, raised by the famous cowboys of
the Southern Cone, the "gauchos". But soy production is expanding so
rapidly, thanks to high prices and huge demand in China, that
ranchers are being forced on to ever-shrinking slices of land. They
burn the brush to clear it quickly but this year, because of a
drought, the fires spread out of control. Add to that high winds and
you have humo in Buenos Aires.
It makes for a powerful symbol: the proud gauchos suffocated by
soybeans. Argentina is certainly changing.
Daryl H. Hepting, Ph.D.
Associate Professor * Computer Science Department * CW 308.22
University of Regina * Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada S4S 0A2
firstname.lastname@example.org * http://www.cs.uregina.ca/~hepting
tel: (306) 585-5210 * fax: (306) 585-4745 * cell: (306) 596-6312
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