Argentinian Federal Prosecutor Requests Ban on GMO Crops over Glyphosate Fears

Posted on Dec 28 2016 - 4:50pm by Sustainable Pulse

Argentinian Federal Prosecutor Fabián Canda has officially filed a request to the Federal Administrative Court of Buenos Aires to prohibit the sale of GMO seeds that are designed to be grown with glyphosate herbicides (Roundup Ready), due to the probable harm to human and environmental health being caused by the weedkiller.

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Source: diariojudicial.com

Canda’s request, which is based on the precautionary principle, also calls for a ban on the aerial spraying of glyphosate herbicides and a 5 km no-spray zone surrounding population centers, schools, villages, farm houses, rivers, lakes and groundwater wells.

Canda stated that it is appropriate to apply the precautionary principle and consider the conclusions of “scientific studies and technical reports carried out at the local and international level, including reports produced by control bodies such as the Auditor General’s Office and the Ombudsman’s Office.”

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Canda emphasized that “these reports and the references in them reveal at least the probable harm being caused by glyphosate-based herbicides” and to ignore them “is to assume a position that contradicts the jurisprudence of the Federal Court on Environmental Matters, regarding the application of the precautionary principle by Argentinian judges.”

Argentinian law clearly states that authorizations for chemicals should not be granted without knowing the full environmental and health effects of the chemical. Canda concluded that “this is clearly not the case with glyphosate herbicides, the science has not been comprehensive enough.”

Canda’s request was filed on December 1 2016 and it will be reviewed by the Federal Administrative Court of Buenos Aires. A decision on the request will be released in the first 3 months of 2017.

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  1. Michael Kirkby December 28, 2016 at 23:06 - Reply

    Consider that Argentina was one of the original test countries for GMOs. It has the highest saturation of GMO Soy in the world. It also has the highest cancer ratio per populace in the world; at least according to what I read a few years ago.

  2. David R(Canada) December 29, 2016 at 01:04 - Reply

    Argentina would be better off banning glyphosate. Without glyphosate GMOs cannot be grown.
    Also, glyphosate is used on non-GMO crops just before harvest.

    • Carol Dutra January 15, 2017 at 01:14 - Reply

      David, the non-GMO crops that are sprayed with Roundup/Glyphosate at harvest to ‘kill’ the crops are coffee, tea, sugar cane, oats, dried beans, dried lentils, some nuts and seeds, some wheat, some barley, some rye. By killing the non-GMO crops it dries them out. The family of a Kona coffee farmer who passed away from bone cancer (Lymphoma) is suing Monsanto for this practice of spraying non-GMO crops. They say that Monsanto claims it is safe.

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