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Boatload of Soy
Photograph by Alex Webb

Golden cargo on the Madeira River, this boatload of soybeans belongs to Blairo Maggi, the "King of Soy." The world's largest producer, growing 350,000 acres (142,000 hectares) of soybeans, Maggi is also the governor of Mato Grosso. He insists that concerns about Amazon deforestation are exaggerated.

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