[ View the story "Argentinians push forward in fight against Monsanto" on Storify] Argentinians push forward in fight against Monsanto Construction of world's largest maize seed treatment plant halted after four months of protests.
The Stream· Mon, Jan 27 2014 14:42:13
A Twitter account dedicated to Monsanto in Argentina
that the demonstration left Monsanto workers jobless and unable to "exercise their right to work".
The video below shows activists' four-month fight against Monsanto's construction site, where they have camped out since September 18.
A cuatro meses del Acampe, la Pacha Resiste, Malvinas resiste a Monsanto...ryXUmST2Ap5B4NB-qsempQ
@pauloriom: " Today they complete four months of camping against the establishment of Monsanto in Malvinas Argentinas." The sign reads: "Please excuse the disturbance, we're blocking a genocide." @Anons_Argentina: " Get out Monsanto. It is necessary to respect life and unite in order to succeed."
Monsanto's building the world's largest corn seed plant in Argentina. But locals have blocked the project at the site and in court.Daniel Hicks
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construction of the plant, the provincial court also banned the town from authorising work on the site until Monsanto fulfills two legal requirements: an environment impact assessment and a public hearing for residents.
One resident told Inter Press Service news agency that it was up to the people of the town to accept the risks involved with the project.
“An environmental impact assessment should include a public consultation so that citizens can provide the ‘social licence’ necessary for developing any social, economic and productive activity that may affect their environment and health,”ipsnews.net
plans to file an appeal to the provincial High Court arguing that they have complied with all legal requirements, such as the environmental impact assessment. According to Monsanto, the assessment is currently under review by the provincial secretary of the environment.
On Twitter, an account tweeting about Monsanto accused activists of using violent actions and obstructing company employees from their "right to work".
@Monsanto_AR: " The violent actions of the extremists are not benefitting the community of Malvinas Argentinas."
Las actitudes de los extremistas lejos están de beneficiar a la comunidad de Malvinas ArgentinasMonsanto Argentina
The ruling, however, does not definitively prevent Monsanto's construction of its facility, which is planned to become operational during 2014.
@CamposGeovanni: " We want Chicha (local beverage made from corn), we want corn, we want Monsanto to get out of the country."
Queremos chicha, queremos maíz, queremos a monsanto FUERA DEL PAÍS (8)Geovanni Campos
The sign below reads:
"No to Monsanto in Cordoba and Latin America".
Many allege there have been
of children being born with deformities due to agricultural pesticides. Monsanto, however, disputes such claims.
Monsanto pesticides are causing birth defects and cancer in Argentina, according to a new report. In a farming community near Córdoba, residents say they have been poisoned by pesticides.facebook.com
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@Noamonsanto: " Thousands of impoverished farmers migrated with their families ever since Monsanto came to Argentina."
Miles de campesinos empobrecidos han emigrado con sus familias desde que #Monsanto se estableció en Argentina ▸
Monsanto says it is committed to
rural workers on farming.
Activists celebrated the landmark victory but have vowed to continue the fight until Monsanto leaves the area for good.