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Argentina’s Farming Crisis

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The debate over agricultural policy in Argentina could pave the way for political transformation. The country was once the world’s biggest exporter of beef and was known as the “bread basket” of South America. But Argentina may be forced to import beef next year, and many of the country’s farmers blame government restrictions on exports. In recent months, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has refused to lower hefty export taxes despite continued protests. She and her supporters face an uphill battle in this month’s Congressional elections, with an approval rating of roughly 30 percent. Tensions have been exacerbated by the looming economic crisis and a severe drought, the worst in some 70 years, which has devastated crops. Some farmers are now planning to run for election, hoping to leverage public support and pave the way for a new congressional majority that could lower taxes. Worldfocus.org’s weekly radio show on Tuesday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. EDT will explore the state of Argentina’s farms and what the future holds for the country’s economy and leadership.

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