Forest fears as Paraguay's Chaco region sees land rush

In recent years, Mennonite Christians have been joined by Brazilian ranchers and private European investors, mainly from France, Germany and the Netherlands, to partake in a 21st Century land rush that has wiped out 1m hectares - nearly 10% of the forest - in just four years.

A land-grabber’s loophole

Restrictive legislation on the selling of land will continue to be null and void so long as foreigners can rent farm land -- the ‘leasing loophole’.