The nation of Argentina has been a magnet for new genetically modified soy, corn and other monoculture farming practices, and it hasn’t been easy on many of the local people.
One town in particular that has been suffering is Monte Maiz in Cordoba, Argentina, where the director of the local hospital, Hugo Betiol, announced in 2005 that he had noticed a dramatic spike in cancer cases locally which may in fact be linked to heavy sprayings of crops in the region.
Cases of lupus and malformations in children have also been on the rise according to this article on GMWatch.org. A large number of spontaneous abortions in the area were also documented as well.
New Ordinances Passed
According to the GMWatch article, the town has unanimously adopted a new ordinance that sets the limit on pesticide sprayings and also bans the storage of these dangerous agrochemicals within its borders.
As noted by those in the town, however, working to make sure the restrictions are actually followed is going to be “much harder” than simply passing the law.
That being said, the ordinance is a victory for the people of the town, who have already suffered greatly under the system of GMO crops and chemicals that has been foisted upon them.
As noted in this article, a five-fold increase of cancer has been found.
Citizens have come together in an attempt to raise awareness about these problems, however, and created advocacy and action groups with the hopes of curtailing or even stopping the sprayings. The hope now is that this ordinance can at least curb some of the out-of-control harm that is being done to the town’s citizens while also shedding light on the dangers of these chemicals on a wider scale.
What has happened to the citizens of Monte Maiz has led to some journalists to call the town a “poster child” for the dangers of GMO crops and the large amounts of agrochemicals that come with them, agrochemicals that the crops are designed to withstand.
For more on the ordinance and what led to its passing, check out the original article here.
Nick Meyer writes for March Against Monsanto and the website AltHealthWORKS.com.