Brazil: The Holocaust

In underdeveloped Brazil, the state of Paraná occupies a vital niche. From its fertile soil come 45% of the country's coffee, 90% of its newsprint, and huge quantities of corn, cotton and beans. Last week Brazil's most prosperous farm state was going up in flames—victim of one of the worst fires in any country's history. Scattered over 50,000 sq. mi., or more than half the state, the fires reduced vast forests of pine, cedar and eucalyptus to ashes, turned coffee plantations and pastures into scorched wastelands, devoured homes and destroyed thousands of head of livestock. Officials could only guess at...

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