Biofuels in Argentina
This publication addresses the many environmental and social issues associated with the growth in soybean cultivation in Argentina for biofuels production, and discusses the impacts on wetlands, the quality and quantity of water, biodiversity and people.
This publication compiles and analyses the most recent information on the expansion of soybean cultivation in Argentina, and the impacts on wetland ecosystems. The areas used for soybean cultivation are characterised within the context of the current environmental legal framework. The wetland ecosystems are presented and their location in relation with the two soybean crop production zones is described. Finally, the impacts of soybean production on the ecological integrity of wetlands and their associated good and services in Argentina is discussed, with a focus on wetlands distribution and abundance, soil health, water quality and availability, biodiversity and social development.