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Networking for a GMO-free Latin America

Networking for a GMO-free Latin America

This work takes a tour of the birth, evolution and achievements of the Network for a Transgenics-Free Latin America (RALLT); a network of regional coordination space to support organizations facing the expansion of transgenic crops.

RALLT addresses the problem of transgenic crops from various perspectives, including the health impacts they generate, the loss of biodiversity, the dependency created by the application of intellectual property rights on seeds. This article makes a political historical account of how and why RALLT was born. It also analyzes how its identity as a Latin American network has been built, in which it is necessary to establish dialogues between its members and with other actors, how spaces of solidarity are developed and built, and a recount is made of the major issues in the who has worked over the years and identifies the new earrings.

Although international networks of support for society emerged in the nineteenth century, in support of the end of slavery in the United States and later, the English suffrage movement, these were gestated, proliferated and grew in complexity and professionalism in the early 1960s (Keck and Sikkin 1998).

In particular, in Latin America the environmental networks that work in specialized thematic areas in support of national and local organizations in their specific demands, are strengthened from Rio 92. Keck and Sikkink (1998, 12) argue that international networks generally they have the ability to move timely information, effectively and with high credibility, in order to have a desired media impact.

Keck and Sikkinik (1998) also speak of their ability to invoke symbols, actions or stories that give meaning to a situation or claim, for an audience that is often far away, and that in certain situations are powerful actors who have the ability to act and / or influence a policy or principles. Currently, although there is a lot of information on almost any topic, the networks facilitate pedagogical mediation and interpretation processes on complex topics, whose information can be presented in a very cryptic, biased or wrong way. In complex issues, such as transgenic organisms or new technologies, these mediation processes are essential. But the networks act as alternative sources of information, especially compared to official or industry-generated versions (Keck and Sikkin 1998, 7).

Source: RAP-AL Uruguay Bulletin 136 - October 2017

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