Wednesday, February 27th 2013 - 05:38 UTC

Environmentalists in Argentina manage to suspend Monsanto corn-seed drying facility

Another setback for Monsanto in South America: the Argentine province of Córdoba justice system ordered the suspension of the construction of a corn seed-drying facility in the district of Malvinas Argentinas, 14 kilometres outside the capital city of Córdoba.

Judges invoked “environmental risks” in the construction of the 300 million dollars plant

The decision was made by a labour court in Córdoba City, which placed an injunction to halt the application of Order Number 821/2013, granting the firm permission to advance with its construction project.

The court thus accepted the appeal presented by the Argentine Law Foundation Club and counters the ruling by Civil and Commercial Judge Claudia Zalazar, who on January 25 had authorized the beginning of the construction.

Sources in Monsanto claimed that no prior legal warning had been received from the authorities and insisted that an appeal was more than likely.
In the resolution revealed on Monday, Judges Silvia Díaz and Luis Farías highlighted that the precautionary principle which prevailed in the decision was centred on questions of potential “environmental risks.”

Consequentially, the works will remain suspended until the fundamental issue leading to the appeal by the Argentine Law Foundation Club and Malvinas Argentinas residents is resolved. The appellants have objected to the constitutional validity of the municipal order granted by Judge Zalazar which allowed for the beginning of a project approved by the provincial Water, Environment and Energy Ministry in September last year.

Through a project notice, the ministry revealed that a facility of some 27 hectares, with similar characteristics to another built by Monsanto in Rojas, Buenos Aires province, would be built in Malvinas Argentinas. According to the firm, prior to the injunction, the plant was expected to be inaugurated in December after a 1.6 billion Pesos investment (approx. 300 million dollars).

In Brazil Monsanto said it was to file an immediate appeal of a recent ruling by a single judge of the Brazilian Superior Court of Justice, relating to the company's request for term correction of a patent covering its Roundup Ready soybean product. The company will move forward with the next phase of the appeals process to secure its intellectual property rights and ensure its business is not disrupted in the country.

Monsanto had previously obtained patent protection in Brazil for its first-generation Roundup Ready soybean products. In accordance with Brazilian law, Monsanto has sought to correct the term of its patent rights in Brazil to conform to the 2014 patent term granted in the United States.

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1 Idlehands (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 07:30 am Report abuse
A district of Cordoba called “Malvinas Argentinas” - you've gotta laugh. They should rename a district of London to “Thattherelandbeours”
2 Ayayay (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 08:07 am Report abuse
Good that they are looking after their well-being.
3 Anglotino (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 09:01 am Report abuse
Well other than find the fabled Malvinas that so many talk about on here, the anti-business atmosphere that pervade Mercosur is verging on the ridiculous.

The money these companies want to invest will still be invested ELSEWHERE!
4 toxictaxitrader2 (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 09:07 am Report abuse
They cant get any inward investment!why would that be I wonder?
Terminal insanity!
5 agent999 (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 09:27 am Report abuse
They even have Falklands there.
6 Clyde15 (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 10:02 am Report abuse
No. The argument is now settled. According to their web site,malvinasargentinas is situated in Buenos Aires and has nothing to do with the Falkland islands.
So every time an Argie declares Malvinas Argentina he is referring to this place in B.A.
As a fair minded people we can agree with that statement.
7 Orbit (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 10:32 am Report abuse
@6 - yes, perfect. I hereby declare the misunderstanding between Argentina, the Falkland Islanders and the UK is now closed. All along Argentina have been referring to a district of Cordoba, not the Falkland Islands, which they didn't actually realise was theirs already.

Bit embarassing for Timerman and CFK though, all that hoo-haa at the UN over a Cordoba district.

No wonder the trolls were agitated; I'd have been hacked off if my government told me that YPF were drilling for oil in Coventry without asking !
8 Conqueror (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 10:49 am Report abuse
Love it! But there's a question. Shouldn't argieland be handing over this Cordoba district to the United Nations-approved Administering Authority, the United Kingdom? Just to ensure that it's properly governed. according to proper democratic principles.
9 golfcronie (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 11:30 am Report abuse
Wonderful, problem solved, look forward to all the Argie trolls comments on here about that. Who would have thought it MALVINAS ARGENTINAS is in CORDOBA. TOODLEPIP
10 Orbit (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 11:45 am Report abuse
@8 -That would be the right thing to do, but more importantly I think the residents of Malvinas Argentinas should hold a referendum on the matter.
11 Condorito (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 02:35 pm Report abuse
Kerry stated that the US position was to recognize the UK as the de facto administration - Monsanto should lodge the appeal in the UK.


Actually, every town in Argentina has a “Malvinas” something or other, malvinas airport, malvinas football staduim, malvinas plaza, malvinas avenue, malvinas hospital. When the malvinas are not on the TV, radio, school curriculum, newspaper, they are still in the poor Argie's face. No escape for the poor Argie from the malvinista propaganda machine.
12 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 03:10 pm Report abuse
#9 it is a partido of Buenos Aires, one in Cordobo....Malvinas Argentina Partido are strewn all over argentina
13 _INTROLLREGNVM_ (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 03:20 pm Report abuse

You can't keep your restless provinces in check from break-away movements, or your colonies in Ireland free from violence/terrorism, or your own cities riot-free... how do you expect to properly govern anything else?
14 Orbit (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 03:40 pm Report abuse
@13 - don't worry, the residents of Malvinas Argentinas will take all those elements into account in their referendum. If they decide against then fair enough. They will self-determine how they want to live.

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