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Trade war risks instability and deforestation in Latin America

Trade war risks instability and deforestation in Latin America

The latest round of tariff hikes in the ongoing U.S.-China trade war could have far-reaching impacts not only for major soy exporters Brazil and Argentina, but throughout the whole of Latin America. The region’s initial opportunism is giving way to fears over instability and slower global growth.  

On June 1, China suspended its purchases of U.S. soy in an escalation of the trade spat. The world’s largest buyer will look largely to Brazil to meet demand in a shift that could impact South American forests, as the risk of protracted tensions increases.

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