Argentinian Beef

Argentina - Beef Up

Argentina - Beef up (Joel Richards)

Argentina is famed worldwide for the quality of its beef. Argentineans eat an average of over 50 kilos of meat every year, making it one of the most carnivorous countries in the world. The beef industry is what pushed the country's economy forward over a century ago and it's still a key component of its agricultural exports. China is now the number one buyer of Argentine beef, overtaking the European market. But, as "Americas Now" correspondent Joel Richards discovered the beef and ranching industry is at a crossroads for a whole range of reasons.

Mexico - Endangered Cactus (Franc Contreras)

When we think of global threats of extinction, exotic animals usually come to mind. But many rare plants also are at risk of disappearing forever. And that is a major concern -as plants are the foundation of all food chains. Few scientific studies have ever examined plant species facing extinction, until now. Biologists from across the Americas have produced the first full assessment of cacti species. It found nearly one-third of these desert plants face extinction. CCTV's Franc Contreras takes us to a special botanical garden in Mexico, dedicated to conserving rare and threatened cactus species.


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Haiti - Earthquake Orphans

Haiti - Earthquake Orphans (Stephen Gibbs) - In 2010, a massive earthquake struck the impoverished Caribbean country of Haiti. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed and more than a million others became homeless. A massive aid operation began, with billions of dollars in assistance being pledged from all over the world. Haiti still bears many of the scars of that deadly disaster. CCTV's Stephen Gibbs returned to the capital Port-au-Prince. He tells the story of two survivors of the quake years later.

Peru - Uncontacted

Peru - Uncontacted (Dan Collyns) - Living deep within the Amazon rainforest, in Brazil and Peru, are dozens of so-called "un-contacted" tribes. These indigenous and historic communities have had little to almost no contact with the outside world. The Mashco Piro people are believed to have fled into the recesses of the jungle during the Amazon Rubber "Boom" in the late 1800s. This was a time of enslavement and death for many tribes. The Mashco Piro had rejected all contact with outsiders until recently.

Nicaragua - Poisonous Spray

Nicaragua - Poisonous Spray (Grace Gonzalez) 

Americas Now

Chile - Saving a Language. A 25-year-old Chilean musician is trying to keep the culture of a tribe alive by saving its language. His name is Keyuk and his mission is to use the ancient words to unite descendants. Linguists estimate there are some 7,000 different languages still spoken in the world today. But a recent study indicates half of those languages could disappear by the end of the century. Portugal - Cavaquinho. It may look like a ukulele, but this stringed instrument is called a cavaquinho.

Mexico - Single Mothers

Mexico - Single Mothers (Gerry Hadden)