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Study finds dangerous mercury levels in Amazon fish

S - Nearly one-third of the fish in the Brazilian Amazon state of Amapa have such high levels of mercury caused by illegal mining that they are dangerous for human consumption, according to a new study.

Produce-rich Argentina's exports ravaged by coronavirus

Buenos Aires - The United Nations has warned of an impending food shortage due to the coronavirus pandemic as major exporters such as Argentina find it increasingly difficult to sell their produce.

85 million at risk from LatAm school food program closures: FAO

Santiago - As many as 85 million children in school feeding programs across Latin America are at risk after many countries in the region shut schools over the coronavirus pandemic, the UN Food Agency warned Tuesday.

Food crunch: Bolivians fly aid to relatives in blockaded La Paz

Santa Cruz De La Sierra - Freddy's food aid package for relatives in the blockaded Bolivian city of La Paz weighs in at 90 pounds at the Santa Cruz airport -- slightly over the limit. He quickly removes a chicken from the polystyrene box and shouts "Ready!

Argentine lawmakers approve emergency food bill

Buenos Aires - Argentine lawmakers on Thursday unanimously approved a draft emergency food law to free up resources for social programs amid a worsening economic crisis.

'They shot at us,' say injured Venezuela protesters

Ure - Edinson Cisneros gasped and wheezed as he tried to talk -- he was one of the protesters struck by rubber buckshot fired by Venezuelan security forces breaking up border demos demanding the entry of emergency aid from Colombia.

Venezuela state internet provider blocks volunteer aid page

Caracas - Venezuela's state internet provider CANTV has blocked a webpage where volunteers sign up to answer National Assembly president Juan Guaido's call to help bring in desperately needed humanitarian aid, the opposition said on Monday.

Brazil minister expresses frustration with EU side in Mercosur trade talks

Bras - Brazil's Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes says he expects more "movement" from the European Union as long running talks on a free trade deal with his South American bloc Mercosur head into the home stretch.

Venezuela opposition calls for international pressure for aid corridor

Caracas - Venzuela's opposition on Wednesday called for increased international pressure to be brought to bear on the government of President Nicolas Maduro to allow a desperately needed humanitarian aid corridor.

Brazil city to give food pellets dubbed 'dog food' to poor school kids

S - Nicknamed "dog food" and made from nearly expired left-overs, a new product designed to fight hunger among school kids in Brazil's largest city has sparked controversy.

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