Help stop the Monsanto frankenseed factory!

Avaaz’s new campaign is rallying us together to help stop the massive new frankenseed factory in Argentina.

The problem with frankenseed

Monsanto manufactures genetically modified seeds that, when combined with toxic pesticides, create the devastating ‘monocultures’ — where nothing grows but a single plant — that increasingly cover our planet.

Argentina has become one of the world’s biggest producers of genetically modified [GM] crops, along with Brazil and the US. More than 70 per cent of arable land is used for GM monoculture. This has turned Argentina’s land for food production into land used for the production of grains for biofuels and animal feed.

Doctors have raised concerns over the health effects of widespread GM agriculture. In Malvinas many locals are concerned that GM products and the pesticides they require are poisoning the land, leading to birth defects in their children and poor health amongst agricultural workers.

US corporation Monsanto, the global leader in GM agriculture, is pushing for the construction of this mega plant in Malvinas. It would be one of the biggest GM seed plants in the world. Monsanto enjoys close ties with President Kirchner, and GM deals like this one, have not been put to public consultation.

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How you can help

In just 48 hours, more than half a million people from around the world joined the Avaaz campaign to back the community of Malvinas in their call on Argentine politicians to block construction of a giant genetically-modified seed plant that locals fear could devastate their health and environment.

Almost 70 per cent of the people of Cordoba are opposed to the plant, but locals fear that politicians at all levels of government are putting the multinational’s profits before the interests of the people. Those who have spoken out against the plant have been subject to brutal beatings and death threats from pro-Monsanto thugs.

Now the people of Argentina need our help. Sign the petition now, and let’s raise the profile of the issue in local media, feature the petition in an ad campaign, and push the unpopular Argentine President to shut down the plant and roll back the spread of Monsanto’s toxic agriculture.

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_monsanto_in_argentina_global_/?slideshow

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