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Forum Post: Argentine Protesters vs Monsanto:

Posted 7 months ago on Dec. 10, 2013, 11:54 a.m. EST by shooz (17729)
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"The Monster Is Right on Top of Us"

"The people of this working-class suburb of Córdoba in Argentina’s central farming belt stoically put up with the spraying of the weed-killer glyphosate on the fields surrounding their neighbourhood. But the last straw was when U.S. biotech giant Monsanto showed up to build a seed plant.

The creator of glyphosate, whose trademark is Roundup, and one of the world’s leading producers of genetically modified seeds, Monsanto is building one of its biggest plants to process transgenic corn seed in Malvinas Argentinas, this poor community of 15,000 people 17 km east of the capital of the province of Córdoba.

The plant was to begin operating in March 2014. But construction work was brought to a halt in October by protests and legal action by local residents, who have been blocking the entrance to the site since Sept. 18.

On the morning of Saturday Nov. 30, troops arrived at the plant, as seen in this video posted on Facebook, and escorted several trucks out of the construction site. The trucks had forced their way past the roadblock on Thursday Nov. 28, when members of the construction union stormed into the camp set up by local residents, with the aim of breaking the blockade. More than 20 people were injured in the clash.

The protesters don’t like to describe themselves as environmentalists, and do not identify with any specific political party. Most of them are women.

In Malvinas Argentinas, one of the poorest districts in the province, everyone knows someone with respiratory problems or allergic reactions that coincide with the spraying of fields around Córdoba, one of the biggest producers of transgenic soy in this South American country, which is the world’s third largest producer of soy.

Doctors have also reported a rise in cases of cancer and birth defects.

But the final stroke was Monsanto’s plans for a local seed plant."

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/20526-argentine-protesters-vs-monsanto-the-monster-is-right-on-top-of-us#13866950276071&action=collapse_widget&id=5811296

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[-] 0 points by shooz (17729) 7 months ago

"Lourdes says other workers in the public sector are considering staging strikes of their own "in order to get a bigger paycheck that will give them what they say is a living wage."

Then again, I'm not quite sure what to make of this.

http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/147257/two-arrested-for-instigating-looting-in-facebook

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 7 months ago

That is a rather interesting piece. I wonder if it's related to anything over the prior lil' spats with China over trade.

[-] 0 points by shooz (17729) 7 months ago

I don't really know, but it wouldn't surprise me.

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 7 months ago

Nah, it looks like the same thing happened last year and it isn't specifically geared towards Chinese businesses. I looked at a prior article.

But from the same paper: http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/147101/provinces-give-in-to-police-pay-demands-

[-] 1 points by shooz (17729) 7 months ago

Keep in mind that libe(R)tarianism, spread out after Chile.

With that in mind, read this.

http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/147124/the-boring-right-to-vote

And know what's happening.

Just like the no-vote push here.

Shades of Paul Weyrich all around.

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 7 months ago

With as many protests as they have had in the last few years, I find that rather odd.

[-] 0 points by shooz (17729) 7 months ago

Perhaps they remember Chile, and aren't reacting well to the propaganda aimed at them?