Keep up with the news by installing RT’s extension for . Never miss a story with this clean and simple app that delivers the latest headlines to you.

 

Monsanto seed plant construction halted in Argentina

Published time: January 09, 2014 03:58
Edited time: January 11, 2014 09:17
Photo by ECOS Cordoba

Photo by ECOS Cordoba

A labor appeals court in north-central Argentina ruled that the construction of a Monsanto plant is unconstitutional, halting work on the site.

The three judge court ruled 2-1 in favor of the activists who filed a legal appeal against Monsanto’s GMO seed plant on environmental protection grounds in the municipality of Malvinas Argentinas, located in central Cordoba Province.

“We have filed a criminal complaint to inform the prosecutor of certain irregularities in violation of environmental law that have occurred in the heart of the Ministry of the Environment which is involved with authorizations of projects,” attorney Raúl Montenegro told Revolution News.

The construction at the site has been suspended until an environmental assessment is completed to determine the plant’s future impact on the area.

Local newspaper La Voz reported that the environmental study could be completed as soon as early February.

The multinational company said it will appeal the decision. “We consider our right to build legitimate since we have complied with all legal requirements and have obtained authorization to build according to the regulations,” said Monsanto’s statement.

The company stated that it already conducted an environmental assessment, which is currently under the review by the provincial Secretary of the Environment.

Activists had been blockading the construction site for 113 days, preventing workers from completing work on the plant.

Monsanto countered in a statement that “for over three months Monsanto employees and contractors had not been able to exercise their right to work, due to the action of extremists who blocked the site, incited violence and systematically ignored judicial decisions."

In October a new report revealed that pesticides sold by Monsanto are linked to health problems ranging from birth defects to elevated rates of cancer in Argentina. A lack of regulations has led to widespread misuse of Monsanto’s products in the Latin American nation.

An Associated Press investigation pointed to a clear link between the use of pesticides sold by Monsanto and worsening health problems in Argentina. The AP documented a number of occasions when toxic pesticides were used close to populated areas and consequently contaminated the water supply and caused health problems.

The multinational company is facing global criticism elsewhere as well. In October thousands took to streets across the world’s cities to protest the use of GMO products, with Monsanto a common target. Over 50 countries have been taking part in the march for world food day, and across 47 different US states.

The demonstrators have been calling for the permanent boycott of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and “other harmful agro-chemicals,” according to March Against Monsanto’s official webpage.

A previous anti-Monsanto protest was held in May. It started as a small event, but turned into a global campaign with over 2 million people in 436 cities, across 52 countries, joining the rallies.

Monsanto saw its shares surge by more than 2 percent on Wednesday morning after announcing better-than-expected first quarter earnings earlier that day. The company said that for the quarter ending November 30, 2013 it earned $368 million, or 69 cents per share. One year earlier, the company earned only $339 million during that period, the Associated Press reported.

Comments (23)

 

Regula 12.02.2014 08:45

Monsanto and its likes who produce GMO seeds should be outlawed. Their product is dangerous to human health and to the survival of the planet.

Smo king kills fewer people than GMO crops. But smoking is illegal, GMO isn't. It has to be changed. GMO has to be declared illegal because life destroying.

 

Ally Hauptmann-Gurski 15.01.2014 03:52

Let's hope this stands. In Europe monsanto has actually closed their office(s). This is the good news. The bad news is that if the trans-Atlantic trade pact were to go through, they could sue all countries for 'lost revenue' if they don't oblige. That is usually too expensive for any country, so new legislation is swiftly made.

Tasmania (Australian island State) has now put in a permanent ban on GMO - let's hope they can keep it up. There's always the danger that a change in government to conservative/Liberal /National sweeps the ban away.

 

Brian Pike 15.01.2014 00:31

Monsanto is a global terrorist organization. They will kill your families, your children and destroy the future of your country without a hint of remorse. They must be stopped at all costs.

View all comments (23)
Add comment

Authorization required for adding comments

Register or

Name

Password

Show password

Register

or Register

Request a new password

Send

or Register

To complete a registration check
your Email:

OK

or Register

A password has been sent to your email address

Edit profile

X

Name

New password

Retype new password

Current password

Save

Cancel

Follow us