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The artificial-food debate has lost sight of the fundamental biological and physical sciences

In recent months Professor Keith Woodford has received many emails asking if he has seen the RethinkX report demonstrating how in ten years’ time animal proteins will have been largely replaced by artificial foods. By 2030, demand for cattle products will supposedly have fallen by 70%. At that time the global grasslands can be returned to nature. This is his response. Then this last week the emailers have been asking if I have seen George Monbiot’s report in The Guardian on how…

Doug Casey’s Top 7 Predictions For The 2020s

#1 Demographics First, it’s good to remember that demographics have a life of their own. That’s not good from the point of view of those of us of European descent. We’re only 10% of the world population and falling rapidly. Worse, it seems we’re responsible for all the world’s problems and therefore aren’t very popular. In Europe, I expect the ’20s will have a lot of mass migration, the largest in scale since the barbarian invasions of the fifth century. This time there…

So you want to buy farm land in South America – What are the options ?

So you want to be a farmer in South America. Investing in farmland can make for an intriguing alternative to the stock market. Farmland is safe historically and a great hedge against inflation and is an asset class that does not correlate with the normal stock market. As the world’s population continues to grow (9.15 billion estimates by 2050) and the global middle-class continues to emerge (with changing dietary habits toward more calories and meat), farmland is poised to become an even more intriguing…

Latin America’s Big Three Dodge Chaos Sweeping Region

If Latin America’s sudden and violent protest movements have unsettled investors and surprised pundits, it’s worth noting that in the region’s three largest countries — Brazil, Mexico and Argentina — the streets have remained relatively calm as have Paraguay and Uruguay. With 380 million people and economies that represent $3.6 trillion USD annually, the big three usually set the tone. And it’s not like the grievances evident in the affected countries — Chile, Colombia,…

Uruguay Investor Guides

INVESTOR’S GUIDE Uruguay has become a reliable and attractive destination for foreign investors. Start to work in the best country to invest in.  Political and social stability Macroeconomic soundness Access to an expanded market Attractive schemes for the investor Ease of doing business Modern infrastructure Leader in technology Talent availability A country to live in Uruguay Tax System Setting up a Company The Business Invironment International Agreements Labour Guide Investment Promotional Systems…

Who are the Major Players in Latin America’s Cannabis Sector?

The legalization and use of cannabis is becoming more and more popular not only in North America and Europe but in Latin American countries as well. Investment is flowing into the region as it positions itself to be a leading supplier of the world’s cannabis market. But who is spearheading this movement for cannabis legalization in Latin America?   Uruguay’s legalization of cannabis sparked a wave for more liberal policies and laws across Latin America. Between the years 2015 and…

Why did GTSA develop the vendeRAPIDO® selling process for selling real estate in South America?

There are two reasons. To speed up the selling time and maximise the properties value  Current Market Realities South American real estate markets are in the main lightly regulated and highly informal. What this means for vendors is they are at a strong disadvantage when they come to selling a property within a reasonable time frame.  Traditional times of sale are measured in months and years.   Consequently, transaction costs are among the highest in the world.  With the globalization…

Uruguay vote in Sunday’s presidential runoff – a crucial turning point or a continuation of the past

This Sunday 2.7 million Uruguayans will cast their ballots in the presidential runoff, which according to all opinion poll forecasts, will have Luis Lacalle Pou, the leader of an opposition multicolor alliance as head of the Executive next March, but equally significant, power switching, it will mark the end of fifteen years of almost undisputed predominance of a catch-all coalition, Broad Front, which ruled South America’s smallest country for three consecutive five-year mandates. In effect opinion polls,…

Personal Property Taxes in Argentina: A rush of accountant inquiries due to the fear of increased taxes

Accounting studios are increasingly receiving “emotional” inquiries from their most wealthy clients due to a change of government which has a reputation for hurting the upper middle classes. One option for savers or property owners is to obtain residency in Uruguay and renounce Argentina residency or form an irrevocable long-term trust and lose direct control over the money altogether. “The vast majority of consultations are for achieving an Uruguayan residency and losing their Argentine one.…

Interview with Alejandro Werner (IMF) on the Latest Economic Developments in Latin America

Growth in Latin America and the Caribbean is slowing down. The region is expected to grow by 0.2 percent this year, amid continued trade tensions, lower global growth, subdued commodity prices—and in some large regional economies—high policy uncertainty, according to the IMF’s latest Regional Economic Outlook for the Western Hemisphere.  To boost the economic recovery and create more jobs, the region will need to rely on domestic drivers of growth, like consumption and investment.…

Buying farmland in Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil: an investment with upside growth potential

Land prices have declined in the past few years in these countries, so with the current strength of the US dollar, it makes a strong case for investing now in farmlands Latin American’s Mercosur region. The countries in the Mercosur include Uruguay, Argentina, Venezuela, Paraguay, and Brazil. The durability and negative correlation of farmland returns to economic cycles is driven by the consistent requirement of a growing population to eat from a limited land resource base These counties share an asset…

Uruguay – La Pedrera for surfers

Uruguay – La Pedrera for surfers Uruguay has around 340km of beautiful beaches. But 240km east from its capital Montevideo, there is a small beautiful jewel called La Pedrera. With about some 100´s year-round habitants and more than 10.000 in summer, (Dec to Feb) you could experience a total relaxed holiday if you hate crowds, or a highly partying place if your call is nightlife. The town is divided in two by a rocky hill from where you can experience one of the most beautiful ocean views of the…

Latin America faces another lost decade and resultant brain drain

“This looks like a scene from the second world war, right here in the heart of Santiago.” Felipe Alessandri, the mayor of one of Latin America’s most prosperous cities, was surveying the burnt-out wreckage of the 170-year-old church of Veracruz in the center of Chile’s capital, destroyed in a blaze started during a general strike last Tuesday. The flames which consumed Veracruz are a vivid reminder that the violent protests which have gripped what was Latin America’s big economic…

Argentina shifts to the left…and Uruguay to the right?

Sunday’s presidential elections in Argentina and Uruguay revealed an anti-incumbent mood in the electorate. In Argentina, voters punished Mauricio Macri, the market-friendly president, who dramatically failed to live up to his promises of economic growth. Across the Río Uruguay, Daniel Martínez, from the incumbent center-left Broad Front coalition in power since 2004, won a plurality of votes but will face a strengthened opposition in the second-round election next November, which he…

Weed-Curious Politicians Should Look to Uruguay, Where There’s No Fuss Over Legal Pot

People freak out about weed legalization, then realize it’s better and stop caring. When Uruguay became the first nation in the modern era to legalize weed in 2013, most of its citizens were against it. Yet, despite deep public skepticism, none of the challenges or perceived failures of the law have been enough to generate momentum to try and reverse it. Instead, during the first round of national elections last month, cannabis legalization had all but been forgotten as an issue. It had retreated into…
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