Friday, January 10th 2014 - 06:27 UTC

Construction of Monsanto plant in north Argentina halted on environmental grounds

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.

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

 “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,” said attorney Raúl Montenegro.

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 agriculture rich Argentina.

Media investigations pointed to a clear link between the use of pesticides sold by Monsanto and worsening health problems in Argentina. The reports 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.

Nevertheless Monsanto saw its shares surge by more than 2% 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.

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1 Anglotino (#) Jan 10th, 2014 - 08:25 am Report abuse
Seems Monsanto found the mythical Malvinas.
2 golfcronie (#) Jan 10th, 2014 - 10:44 am Report abuse
@1 Seems like you might be right, but on the other hand they may be lying, what do you think, can we trust them?
3 yankeeboy (#) Jan 10th, 2014 - 11:35 am Report abuse
It is amazing to me the savior of the Arg economy is not welcomed with open arms.
Do they want any business in that country?
Methinks not
4 Conqueror (#) Jan 10th, 2014 - 01:22 pm Report abuse
@3 Which is more important, the arg economy or the arg people? From the example provided by those that appear on here, I don't have a lot of time for the arg “people”. But I do think they should be apprehended in the act of current crimes or prosecuted for past (war) crimes before we execute them. In the meantime, we have to consider the deleterious effects of Monsanto biological weapons around the world. Simple example is planted GM biological weapons being sprayed with noxious chemicals. Those chemicals can have no effect unless they enter the plant structure. The chemical must still be present when the plant is harvested, sold and eaten. I wouldn't buy anything from argieland. Or anywhere else pushing GM.
5 Optimus_Princeps (#) Jan 10th, 2014 - 02:23 pm Report abuse
@3 Monsanto has a firm grip on the agriculture industry in the US because of some of their goons taking key positions in related institutions. There are many areas where the US is more functional, but the food industry isn't one of them.

Monsanto has no regard for human health, property rights, the environment, etc. They would let any country they do business in burn if it means making massive profits. I'm sure certain botox inflated hags can relate.

If this goes through, it will be another nail in the coffin, and it could severely damage the agricultural industry in Argentina which is key for the economic recovery after the witch meets her fiery end.
6 yankeeboy (#) Jan 10th, 2014 - 02:28 pm Report abuse
If the farmers don't stop overusing the pesticides and not rotating the crops you won't have an agriculture industry.
It is predicted in less than a decade Argentina will have ruined most of their farming land.
7 Stevie (#) Jan 10th, 2014 - 03:01 pm Report abuse
That prediction included Monsanto.
With this move, Argentina secured the agriculural Industry for at least another century...
8 yankeeboy (#) Jan 10th, 2014 - 03:09 pm Report abuse
How so?
Do you think Argentina will stop using Monsanto products?
Yeah okay
and you created free energy
dufus
9 Stevie (#) Jan 10th, 2014 - 03:13 pm Report abuse
Europe kicked Monsanto out. I see no reason as to why SA shouldn't...

Keep your worm meat and poisoned chewables, thank you very much.
10 yankeeboy (#) Jan 10th, 2014 - 03:23 pm Report abuse
We are talking specifically about Argentina and the way they get U$ is by GM SOY. Nobody is making them grow it and it would be the destruction of their way of life to give it up.
They'd be back to the 1800s way of life pretty quick since they wouldn't have the U$ to pay for fuel.
Do you ever think through things or does your ideology prevent it?
11 Stevie (#) Jan 10th, 2014 - 03:32 pm Report abuse
Sure yanqui...
You guys should stop acquireing your poisoned chewables in boxes and tubes.
Intravenous is way more efficient. And it will help your GNP, you'll need it to counter that peculiar moving ceiling of yours...
12 yankeeboy (#) Jan 10th, 2014 - 03:42 pm Report abuse
Does that jumble of words make sense in Stevieland?
Up your dosage until you fall asleep and stop bothering us with inane and insane posts please.
13 Optimus_Princeps (#) Jan 10th, 2014 - 06:32 pm Report abuse
@11 Your posts didn't make your stance clear. Do you support or detest Monsanto? It sounded like an incomprehensible mixture of both obscured by insults aimed at yankeeboy.
14 Fido Dido (#) Jan 10th, 2014 - 08:28 pm
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15 Anglotino (#) Jan 10th, 2014 - 09:34 pm Report abuse
Speaking of a jumble of words....
16 Troy Tempest (#) Jan 11th, 2014 - 02:29 am Report abuse
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It's like Stevie is talking to himself - muttering a mantra over and over, for reassurance.
17 Martin Woodhead (#) Jan 13th, 2014 - 08:49 am Report abuse
Monsanto are basically bond villians and should be shown the door .when you try to sue someone because you contaminated their crop you've gone total bond bad guy.
18 yankeeboy (#) Jan 13th, 2014 - 02:45 pm Report abuse
Only truly stupid people blame a mfg for the incorrect uses of the products they sell.
If the label says don't drink the poison and you do it is nobody's fault but your own.
19 Captain Poppy (#) Jan 13th, 2014 - 03:02 pm Report abuse
He seems to forget about the GM soy and cornand that China was balking over it and now accepts it. perhaps this will jog his memory banks.

www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2013/06/10/argentina-says-china-approves-more-gm-soy-corn-for-import/#.UtQBE55dVIU

Though I have to say that I stay away from food treated with chemicals and shit.

They need Monsanto.

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