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Argentinians have said no to what they call Monsanto´s “deathly” business in Latin America.
In Buenos Aires, the action group “Millions against Monsanto” has led a protest at the House of Cordoba, a province located in the center of Argentina where the US multinational company is developing its biggest regional factory.
According to activists, the construction of the facility has been approved by provincial authorities but no official report on environmental damages has yet been conducted.
Political complicity, leaders of the protest said, is fostering the expansion of Monsanto´s “chain of profit and death”: Monsanto sells seeds that are resistant to its own glyphosate-based Roundup, a key herbicide used in Argentina´s “green gold” soybean industry.
In the meantime, thousands of farmers are exposed to serious health risks -cancer, birth defects, intestinal, heart and neuronal conditions- as a recent investigation by the University of Buenos Aires shows.
But Argentina is only one link of Monsanto´s billionaire expansion in Latin America.
In Paraguay, for instance, demonstrators denounced that the biotech company has managed to introduce its transgenic soy thanks to economic lobbies linked to the impeachment of President Fernando Lugo last year. They called it the “agribusiness coup”.
Monsanto has reported to have nearly tripled its profits in the first fiscal quarter of 2013 as its regional sales boom and governments allow the US-based firm to spread.
Meanwhile, on the margins of the anti-Monsanto demonstration, Argentine left-wing opposition lawmakers held a political meeting to condemn the corporate power of agribusiness and the increasing control of food sovereignty by transnational companies.
On January 29, Argentina saw two large demonstrations against Monsanto. This set of photos from Millones Contra Monsanto shows the demonstration in the Malvinas suburb of Cordoba, Argentina.
El 29 de enero, la Argentina vio a dos grandes manifestaciones en contra de Monsanto. Este conjunto de fotos de Millones Contra Monsanto muestra la manifestación en el barrio Malvinas de Córdoba, Argentina.
Asuncion, Sep 17 (Prensa Latina) Groups of Paraguayans protested today in downtown Asuncion against the U.S. transnational Monsanto and official authorisation for transgenic crops of corn and cotton.
Social organizations that are part of the Campaign for Life and Human Rights, thus joined the international movement called Occupy Monsanto that take place in many countries.
Posters with the motto “Monsanto Out Paraguay” and “We Stand For Life” were peaked by protesters, along with another that referred to Federico Franco, currently holding the presidency of the Republic, with the phrase Monfranco Out.
Some participants spoke near the Pantheon of the Heroes, denouncing the serious damage to the health of farmers, the environment and lands caused by seeds and pesticides sold by Monsanto to the country.
There, it was announced that, throughout this week, there will be activities in the streets to defend national and native seed against the avalanche of crops with GM seeds directly approved by Franco and brought into the country by Monsanto.
As part of the Week of the Seed, an event also takes place with representatives of peasant and indigenous organizations and other civil society to discuss and disseminate the damage caused by the opening to GM seed.
Among them, the damage done by this government decision to national plans for food sovereignty, the indigenous seed used by small and humble farmers and the health of those who work the land.