Jordi Ruiz Cirera | The United Soya Republic

Country of origin: Barcelona
Project location: Argentina
Program: Magnum Foundation Fund
Year: 2016

A journey through the heartlands of Argentina’s agribusiness, this project is a portrayal of the changes to the landscape and socio-economic tissue brought about by intensive farming and exportation of produce. While the country’s focus has long been on agricultural production and trade, in recent years agribusiness has exploded due to the huge global demand for manufactured food and the need for cheap cattle feed and biofuel.

The focus of agribusiness is, however, on short-term profit while the environmental, social, and health implications are often overlooked. An economy in a state of flux, combined with the difficulties local people face in adjusting to changes and infrastructural problems within the country are forever altering the realities of these lands.