The whole of Mercosur in exchange for a plate of beef

Briefing paper | by Mary Louise Malig

After 20 years of negotiations, the EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is entering a crucial stage. But will the deal be  sealed, or will the talks collapse and be abandoned once and for all? Mercosur’s sovereignty is at stake, as are the ecosystems and  communities that will be affected by a further boost to the  destructive livestock and feedstock industries in South America.