Transgenic Soy - Crisis in Argentina

Transgenic Soy - Crisis in Argentina

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By By Jorge Eduardo Rulli *

The consequences are easy to see, except for the inept and corrupt political leadership. Immense territories emptied of their rural populations, hundreds of towns in a state of extinction, four hundred thousand ruined small producers and many more indebted to the banks due to the incorporation of new technological packages with great dependence on inputs, GMO seeds, Monsanto herbicides and very expensive direct sowing machinery.

The consequences are easy to see, except for the inept and corrupt political leadership. Immense territories emptied of their rural populations, hundreds of towns in a state of extinction, four hundred thousand ruined small producers and many more indebted to the banks due to the incorporation of new technological packages with great dependence on inputs, GMO seeds, Monsanto herbicides and very expensive direct sowing machinery.

The market imposed the impious rules of productivism, the main one was the constant need to reduce costs to compete and to survive.

The Investment Funds provided the financial resources for the implementation of the new RR soy monocultures on a gigantic scale, while making possible the largest land transfer in the country's history.
The concentration of camps and the expulsion of populations thus synthesize the neocolonial model imposed by the globalization process.

The migrants from the countryside formed new and immense belts of urban poverty, and discovered in the city the festival of cheap imports simultaneously with the growing unemployment produced by the massive closure of industrial companies.

The predominance of urban visions without cultural roots and reverential of technologies and simian models of progress in the central countries, also collaborated effectively in keeping invisible the root causes of the growing crisis: the role that was assigned to us as a commodity exporting country. and agriculture without farmers subsidized by Monsanto for mass production of GMOs.

But the food emergency and the collapse of the political class swept away all domestication constructions at the end of 2001 and threatened uncontrolled social outbursts.

In fact, in the new imposed neocolonial model, Argentina does not have the capacity to feed its own population. The remnants of the dissolving state entrenched themselves in the repressive apparatus but still did not succeed in preventing the popular protest movement from manifesting itself with growing and widespread mobilizations.

In the midst of the catastrophe, when many believed they saw in the looting and popular demonstrations the prerevolutionary conditions that anticipate radical changes, the biotechnology companies and their representatives in the field of production, science and especially the media, they imagined welfare projects planned with criteria of fire extinguishers.

Thus, in 2001/2002, the Soja Solidaria plans were born, which were based on the donation by producers of one kilo of soybeans per exported ton and that propose soybeans as a panacea capable of replacing all traditional foods now out of the purchasing power of the majority of the population.

For this Solidarity Soy Plan, culture became a declared obstacle that must be removed so that the new eating habits proposed to us can be incorporated.

Thousands of quick cooking courses trained and continue to train and indoctrinate new disciples who preach the good news of Monsanto and Cargill, forage and transgenic soy as a food panacea for Argentines in hunger-stricken areas.

Thousands of soup kitchens for the homeless and especially schools and children's picnic areas are supplied with regular donations of soybeans. A deafening campaign crushes all criticism and doubt, while the government as well as the opposition, the radicalized picketers as well as the religious organizations, incorporate the new eating habits.

Argentina is now definitely transformed into a laboratory country.

Throughout this last year we announced as GRR the food genocide carried out by the large producers and exporters of soybeans and encouraged by the complicity, ignorance and stupidity of the Argentine political leadership, as well as by the indifference and narrow vision of the progressivism and much of the native left.

The facts today give reason to all our anticipations and also exceed them. More than two thirds of the Argentine child population suffers from anemia and iron deficiencies, however a good part of them are fed with so-called soy milk that lack calcium and iron and inhibit the assimilation of calcium and iron. of other foods.

The children killed by malnutrition are spread as statistics by the growing geography of Argentine poverty, accompanying monocultures and the distribution of soybeans as a new food for a clientele captivated by hunger.

New diseases and malformations that accompany new eating habits are also spreading: generalized breasts in males and females, hypothyroidism at an early age, osteoporosis in adolescents, early puberty and menarche in girls of seven and eight years, inflammatory bowel diseases, increasing allergies , immunological and thymic abnormalities.

Vast areas of the inland provinces do not know any other food than soy. The provincial governments help to install the "mechanical cows" donated by the exporters, machinery that facilitates the cooking of the legume.

Processing plants are installed at various sites with million dollar investments to produce milk and soy by-products.

The Church also endorses these projects without much caution and despite the warnings of the Vatican against biotechnology, and CARITAS, its social organization for the distribution of aid and soup kitchens for the poor, enthusiastically joins the distribution of GMO soybeans.

A widespread penetration of transnational corporations in the journalistic media, in universities and in research and extension circles, silenced all criticism and orchestrated complicities. Statistics of hunger and rising deaths from malnutrition hide the role of Monsanto and Cargill soybeans.

Meanwhile, the world observes the outbreak of the neoliberal model in Argentina and its consequences in the growing force of social mobilizations that aspire to displace a corrupt political leadership.

Unfortunately, little is noticed about the monoculture model and the imposed role of the forage exporting country as the cause of the catastrophe. Even less is the transformation of Argentina visualized into an extraordinary laboratory country for the massive intake of transgenic soybeans.

26 years ago with the military coup and state terrorism began a process of genocide and destruction of the social fabric that has not yet stopped.

The important change that occurred a year ago is that the mechanisms of fear and submission were shattered.
Argentina is now a hotbed of struggles and social projects, of organizing the unemployed in the settlements, of assemblies in the neighborhoods and of new plural spaces

that impose the participation of citizens in public life.
However, we are not and will not be the country we once were.
More than one generation was shattered in the lead years, disappeared or was condemned to silence and emigration. A different Argentina is born from the cataclysm and the current emergency, whose features are still a great unknown to be revealed.
An Argentina that lacks joint projects but fragments its tumultuous energy into thousands of small and local projects that strive to build horizontal relationships between them.

The catastrophe we are experiencing is nevertheless pregnant with hope.

Our desperate emergency is a frontier of globalization and also of the internal crisis of the largest multinational seed company.

If the Argentine model of soy monocultures falls, it is very possible that the crisis will drag down the transnational Monsanto, if Monsanto falls the relations of world food trade will change and perhaps also the paradigms of agricultural production in the world.

If the extensive agricultural models based on the paradigms of the Green Revolution and the Biotechnological Revolution that today are expressed by a handful of transnationals were modified, humanity could find a life expectancy above the current terrible threats of climate change and destruction of non-renewable resources.

The entire framework of the exploitation model in Argentina has fragile bases, and these are hunger as a consequence of monocultures and infanticide due to the ingestion of soybeans.

If this were understood and accepted by the innumerable friends of Argentina in the world, perhaps many things would begin to change, among them that we can turn Food Sovereignty into a powerful instrument of reconstruction.

Rural Reflection Group (GRR)
Email: [email protected]
* Jorge Eduardo RulliEcologist and expert in sustainable development.
Rural Reflection Group (GRR)
Email: [email protected]

Video: Pushing Boundaries in Agriculture. Rob Saik. TEDxRedDeer (June 2022).


  1. Laughlin

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