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By Katy García

The installation of Monsanto's transgenic corn seed plant opens a debate on the agricultural model, which imposes high yields for the few and a strong health impact for the populations, as the Ituzaingó trial makes clear. The President celebrated the announcement in the Council of the Americas, in front of the cream of the world corporations.

The news about the installation of a new transgenic corn seed processing plant in the Cordoba suburbs set off the alarm in social organizations that defend the environment and for sustainable agriculture, given Monsanto's "biographical" background.

As is public, following the agreement announced by Cristina Fernández de Kirchner at the meeting of the Council of the Americas, which was attended accompanied by Foreign Minister Jacobo Tímermann and the Minister of Industry Débora Giorgi, the Monsanto corporation will invest 1.8 billion euros in Argentina. pesos in the installation of the second corn seed producer in the town of Malvinas Argentinas. (1) The first is the “María Eugenia” plant located in the city of Rojas, province of Buenos Aires.

The multinational announced that it will invest the same amount of money in two other experimental centers that will be installed in Tucumán and in the city of Córdoba. Giorgi affirmed that this agreement "is linked to the fulfillment of the strategic objectives of the 2020 Agrifood and Industrial Plan". (2)

"Monsanto is the most important corn seed production company and Argentina is the sixth producer and second exporter of corn in the world," said Giorgi. The questions that the censors raise in the informed neighbors are how they will do it, who will control, and what will be the impact on people's health.

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Organizations that defend food sovereignty and health began to express their concern because the introduction of transgenic soy and the application of millions of liters of glyphosate have already shown that in addition to millions of dollars in profits, it causes environmental damage, illness and death. This concern does not seem unfounded in light of the Mexican experience and testimonies from Rojas's neighbors.

Juan Ignacio Pereyra, is a lawyer and lives in Rojas. Via email, he told Prensared that Monsanto "is creating the pillars of a new environmental paradigm" and stresses that "it damages the environment, pollutes water and food, produces deforestation, affects biodiversity, concentrates profits in few people, generates unemployment. and it takes control of government decisions ... because they are the ones who manage the governments, ”says the lawyer.

And he adds that perhaps the most “polluting” is the voracity for money that prevents us from seeing these issues and problematizing them in society.

Meanwhile, Eugenio Freyre, a former worker kicked out of the plant, affirms in a video that "Monsanto is a mafia, they are slave traders." And he denounces that in the place there is a "greater number of patients with cancer and other diseases" and warns that "there are no controls from state agencies."

The journalistic investigation by Marie Monique Robin published in book and video format shows the true face of the corporation, the main global polluter. Several passages of the work were cited by prosecutors and witnesses during the first Trial for fumigation that is taking place in Córdoba. (3)

Robin in his work "The World According to Monsanto" reveals that the corporation, in Mexico, appropriated the biodiversity of corn and a study published in the scientific journal Nature by Ignacio Chapela and David Quist confirmed that the Creole corn of Oaxaca was contaminated by Roundup Ready genes.

The sacred Mexican plant was contaminated. The loss of prestige and the business lobby against the investigators did not wait. They were accused of being "activists" and "biased" to deny the scientific nature of the discovery that was finally confirmed by other works.

"When everything is contaminated, the only beneficiaries will be multinationals like Monsanto because they will appropriate the most cultivated cereal in the world and will be able to collect royalties like in Argentina and Brazil," a Mexican producer told him.

Monsanto is currently the leading company dominating the global food and biotech market. It monopolizes the production of transgenic seeds and appropriates patents with legal or illegal methods. It has a presence in 46 countries and has a worldwide staff of about 18,000 employees.

The new industrial establishment joins the two seed processors in Rojas and Pergamino, the herbicide factory in Zárate and the two experimental stations it owns in Camet and Fontezuela. The headquarters are located in the autonomous city of Buenos Aires.

Everything has to do with everything

To all this, the discovery of the HAHB-4 gene resistant to drought, by a team from the Universidad Nacional del Litoral (UNL), Conicet and the company Bioceres associated with the multinational Arcadia is the object of analysis by organizations environmentalists such as Greenpeace and considered a threat to the native forests that still remain in the country, especially in the Chaco area and in Patagonia. Indeed, in February of this year it was reported from Tecnópolis that a group of Conicet researchers coordinated by the molecular biologist Graciela Chan, managed to isolate a gene resistant to drought and salinity in sunflower seeds and it could be inoculated in soybean seeds , wheat and corn.

In 2004, the UNL joined the Rosario company Bioceres, made up of local agricultural producers. This company joined the multinational Arcadia -which is not part of Monsanto-, for the development of the soybean modified by this gene whose brand will be "Verdeca". In that sense, they announced that it will be marketed from 2015 in Argentina, Brazil, the United States, India and China. (4)

It is clear that the potentiality of the find excites more than one producer and alarms thousands of citizens affected by the soybeanization model. Cutting down forests and expanding the agricultural frontier, expulsion of peasants from their lands, and increasing pollution in urban centers and waterways are undeniable realities.

So, it is not difficult to imagine that the area of ​​transgenic production will be further expanded, a concern that Greenpeace has already made known. It will be necessary to see how the North American company Arcadia plays, which for the first time enters the world seed market and in this case participates not only from technology but also from business.

And it will be necessary to see what Monsanto does that, after its strategic departure in 2006 for the payment of patents - not yet resolved -, anticipated that it will return to the market for the sale of soybeans in 2014.

Katy Garcia - Press network



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3 - Marie Monique Robin, "The world according to Monsanto", Quintet Editions. Translation by Beatriz Morales, March 2010 - The trial will restart on July 16 after the winter judicial Fair. Fumigation Trial

4 - According to a report from the newspaper Cronista “Bioceres was founded in 2001 by 23 agricultural producers and today it has more than 230 shareholders, mostly agricultural entrepreneurs. None of the partners has more than 4% of the shares. Among its founders is the businessman Gustavo Grobocopatel and today Hugo Sigman's Grupo Insud also participates. To form the company, the initial partners invested $ 600 each. The last title of the company was sold, 10 years later, for $ 60,000. Today, the Bioceres seed division has a turnover of US $ 6.5 million annually ”. (…)

More information about Monsanto at

Marie-Monique Robin's website -

Videos I and II about the Rojas plant can be seen on You tube

Video: Top 10 GMO Foods to Avoid (July 2022).


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