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January 28, 2014

Argentinians push forward in fight against Monsanto

Construction of world's largest maize seed treatment plant halted after months of protests.
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A protest sign reads in Spanish; "Stop looting and contaminating! Monsanto out of Cordoba and Argentina," is posted on a fence where Monsanto is building its largest seed production plant in Latin America in the town of Malvinas Argentinas, in Cordoba province, Argentina, on September 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
 
Activists in central Argentina are celebrating a landmark victory in their fight against multinational farming giant Monsanto. The company plans to build the world's biggest maize seed treatment plant in the town of Malvinas Argentinas in Cordoba province, but protesters have successfully blockaded the construction site for more than four months. 
 
On January 8, the provincial court ruled that Monsanto must halt construction after receiving complaints that expressed health and environmental concerns. The company plans to appeal the ruling, and protesters have vowed to continue their sit-in until the project is scrapped for good.
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