Local Residents Force Monsanto to Tear Down GMO Seed Plant in Argentina

Posted on Aug 7 2016 - 1:23pm by Sustainable Pulse

Monsanto have announced that they will dismantle their half-built multi-million dollar GMO seed plant in Malvinas, Argentina, following protests from local citizens over the past 3 years.

Local Malvinas citizens and GMO Free campaigners from across Argentina forced Monsanto to stop the construction of their GMO seed plant in 2014, through well-coordinated protests at the construction site.

Sources from the head office of Monsanto in Latin America told local Argentinian media that the decision has been made to dismantle the controversial seed plant; the unnamed Monsanto spokesman stated; “The plant was designed to treat 3.5 million hectares of maize, however last year only 2.5 million hectares were sown.” Thus, he stated added “an investment of almost 1500 million makes no sense.”

The Monsanto spokesman also conceded that the local pressure and blockade of the construction site by Malvinas residents and environmentalists had been a factor in the company’s decision.

Several lawsuits have been filed against Monsanto over the illegality of the Malvinas construction permit and the environmental impacts of the project. These lawsuits are ongoing.

Sofia Gatica, one of the leaders of the blockade in Malvinas, told Inf’OGM that “It’s been almost three years that Monsanto has not been able to put a brick or a wire at the construction site… The company is leaving the field but does not yet recognize its defeat in this battle. We talked with those who have to dismantle what remains. We remain on alert and continue blocking, waiting to see what will happen. We want the site to now be devoted to organic and sustainable agriculture.”

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  1. Astrid Pazmino August 7, 2016 at 17:54 - Reply

    First honorable female President is NOT Hillary! Shame on you Hill for betraying our trust but I’m sure your kid n grandkis eat the BEST food your $$ can buy! My kid wont cuz I didnt sell my soul for $$$ so what lessons are here? Sell out, luve well but hold conviction and live poorly! Sad world!

    • Mikey8 August 8, 2016 at 22:34 - Reply

      Right on, Astrid, keep your fighting spirit always. Never give up!

  2. OH August 9, 2016 at 16:15 - Reply

    F you Monsanto, trying to SNEAK your un-wanted products into free people’s food. But hey environmentalists you can’t get rid of GMO while you and 1 Billion Chinese and Indians makes their number one priority to eat more and more meat regardless of the consequences.

  3. Ruth Ferguson August 11, 2016 at 06:47 - Reply

    Really, the best news I’ve heard in a very, very long time!!!

  4. Didi August 20, 2016 at 03:32 - Reply

    Hillary is misguided about Monsanto as is Obama. Here is my take on Monsanto after much reading. First I admit to being a Canadian so your politics is different.
    In 2010, USA sided with Bossie of Citizen’s United and gave corporations the power of the vote. Obama warned about the outcome and here we are…. 2016. The corporations are having the best results dictating their terms of engagement having been turned into the silent electorate. I read the Koch brothers are being permitted to frack in Colorado. Thanks to the heavy presence of GOP in congress, The Dark Act passed. Somehow or other, Monsanto has Bayer interested and an extension to continue selling glyphosate to EU, although the time is shortened. Amazing how these things come together. The crowning achievement is GOP blocking a supreme court choice from Obama. That set the stage to continue the ugliness of corporate power both parties with their own superpacs. The following link describes superpacs.

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