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Global 3000

Soy Instead of Steak? (#651)

Fiji: The challenge of forest protection - Can there be a financial reward for protecting forests? For the past decade, this question has led to heated debate at international climate conferences. One answer could be the forest conservation program REDD+. But its funding and implementation are controversial. On Viti Levu, one of the Fiji Islands, people live in one of the last natural rain forests in the South Pacific. But forestry companies are offering landowners money for their valuable trees. The REDD+ program pays money for each tree saved if people forego commercial exploitation of their forests.

Questions for India - Sunita Narain directs the Centre for Science and Environment, an Indian NGO that searches for global solutions to environmental problems. She especially loves dhal - but really, any dish with lentils. Her dream destination is the Amazon.

Uganda: controversial dress code - Just recently Uganda's Constitutional Court overturned a law against homosexuals that had faced worldwide condemnation. But now conservative parliamentarians are putting the country in the international spotlight: a new morality law now affects young women in particular. It bans the mini-skirt.

Worldwide meat in numbers - Today, factory farming accounts for 40 percent of agricultural-sector profits. Gigantic businesses in which animals are slaughtered on a production line have emerged with global production chains, scientific breeding and optimized feed. High-yield dairy cows and rapidly growing animals require concentrated feed that is heavy in starch - and a lot of it. Almost a third of the world's arable land is now used for feed cultivation.

Argentina: Soy instead of steak - Less than ten years ago, Argentina was still the world's third-biggest meat exporter. But then steak prices rose in the country and the government imposed an export tax. It didn't work out as planned. Instead of continuing to produce cheap meat for the domestic market, many ranchers turned to soy. Suddenly they produced more animal feed than cattle. Today, 60 percent of Argentina's arable land is covered with GM soy. But now the world market price for soy has dropped by over 20 percent. [26 minutes] TV-G Closed Captioning

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Series Description: Global 3000 is Deutsche Welle's weekly magazine that explores the intersection of global development and the environmental and social conditions of the diverse cultures of the world. In each program, host Michaela Kufner presents three to four video-rich segments that profile a different part of the planet where man's quest for economic and industrial strength is jeopardizing the ecosystems and the social and economic structures of people thousands of miles away. The program not only documents where those struggles are taking place -but how some groups and individuals are finding solutions to the growing problems of global development.

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