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Agrotoxics: more than 30 Argentine politicians linked to the business

Agrotoxics: more than 30 Argentine politicians linked to the business

"The NGO Greenpeace denounced in 2016 that" at least thirty officials (of the Government of Cambiemos) have links with the oligopoly of pesticides. " This branch would be headed by Monsanto-Bayer, Dow-Du Pont, Syngenta-ChemChina and BASF, who control 60% of the world seed market and 65% of world sales of pesticides. That is why it is not surprising that the word "pesticides" is now being censored when the Government is already in march with a plan to "improve the image" of the multinational that ranges from introducing Monsanto in Buenos Aires schools to incorporating a Monsanto program in the official programming grid. "

In my country there are excellent investigative journalists, such as Tomás Méndez and his collaborator Miguel Ponce de León. Two heroic and brave people who put the truth above the lies and concealments of corrupt governments.

In its prestigious programDNA,broadcast on September 29, 2017 by Channel C5N of Argentine TV, where a former member of Greenpeace, Franco Seguesso, exposes and denounces the relationship that exists, at least, with 30 macrista officials and politicians in the agro-toxic business.

One is Beatriz Giraudo, the coordinator in the Ministry of Agroindustry, honorary president of Aapresid (Argentine Association of Direct Sowing Producers). Another is Guillermo Bernaudo, Ricardo Buryaille's chief of staff, a member of AACREA (Argentine Association of Regional Consortiums for Agricultural Experimentation). Leonardo Sarquis, Monsanto manager for Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, Minister of Agroindustry of the province of Buenos Aires. Buryaille, minister of Agroindustry of the nation, member of RAP (Network of Political Action). About 160 politicians are part of that network that they finance, including Vice President Gabriela Michetti, who form a secret network, like Oscar Aguad, Minister of Defense. Source: https://www.facebook.com/153427751341447/videos/2067721586578711/

While in Buenos Aires, Chaco, Formosa, Salta and Santa Fe, justice prohibits spraying with agrochemicals less than 1,500 meters from populated centers, fromDissent We tell you: Under the cover of a report made by the Ministry of Agriculture of the nation in conjunction with CASAFE (Chamber of Agricultural Health and Fertilizers), AAPRESID (Argentine Association of Direct Sowing Producers) and the Federation of Agricultural Chambers, entitled "Guidelines on phytosanitary applications in peri-urban areas ”, Minister Bergman announced that by resolution he will shorten the minimum distance for fumigation with glyphosate. The “great news” was advanced by Bergman and Buryale, at the opening of the 25th congress of AAPRESID, one of the organizations that produced the report.

The rabbi, who became Minister of the Environment, considered "very restrictive" the ordinances issued by various municipalities that require a minimum distance of 10 to 15 blocks from the populated centers. This distance has a reason: the Supreme Court of Justice of the Province of Buenos Aires ruled in 2016 demanding that the fumigation with glyphosate respect a distance greater than 1,000 meters, while the Santa Fe justice requires a minimum of 1,500 meters for aerial fumigation and 800 meters if spraying on foot. On the other hand, according to the report of the Chamber of Agricultural Health and Fertilizers, the University Network of Environment and Health published that in Argentina the consumption of pesticides increased by 983% in 25 years: from 38,000 tons in 1990 to 370,000 in 2015 .

Argentina is the country that uses the most glyphosate per inhabitant per year, with 5 kg per inhabitant per year. The cultivated area increased to a total of approximately 30 million hectares, where 70% is transgenic, and there are already 12 million Argentines exposed to these pesticides. By increasing the use of these herbicides, plants increase their resistance, so when in 1996 3 kg of glyphosate were used per year per hectare, today 12 kg are applied.

The NGO Greenpeace denounced in 2016 that "at least thirty officials (of the Government of Cambiemos) have links with the oligopoly of the chemical industry." That is why it is not surprising that the word "pesticides" is now being censored when the Government is already in march with a plan to "improve the image" of the multinational that ranges from introducing Monsanto in Buenos Aires schools to incorporating a Monsanto program in the official programming grid.

Dissent He adds: Behind ILSI there is a long list of multinationals, including Monsanto and Bayer, the German firm that in September 2016 bought the Monsanto company for 66,000 million dollars. ON May 18 last in our report "Censorship reached INTA: the word pesticides cannot be mentioned."

While Italy shows on TV a report on the reality of the use of this "technological alternative" in our country, exposing the reality of the "fumigated towns" in the rural areas of the coast that suffer the effects of having been sprayed with glyphosate from the air , as is the case in San Salvador, where one in two neighbors die of cancer.

“Congenital malformations, respiratory and neurological problems, allergies, spontaneous abortions and cancer are just some of the diseases suffered by these Argentines who live near large areas of soybean crops or in regions close to Monsanto's poison-dependent GMO production area. "Says the journalist who presents the detailed report, while from Cambiemos the answer is simple: we must refrain from using the word" pesticides. "

In a report entitled "INTA in the hands of Monsanto?" We stated that Marcos Peña was analyzing the appointment of María Beatríz “Pilu” Giraudo, at the head of INTA. Giraudo is a well-known defender and lobbyist for Monsanto, who since 2014 has served as president of AAPRESID - Argentine Association of Direct Sowing Producers - the productive system that was imposed by the companies that developed the industrial agriculture system "based on the use of pesticides ”, that is, Monsanto.

The technical document on which Bergman relies to shorten the distance to 100 meters was prepared by AAPRESID. Although Giraudo did not go to INTA, she was appointed by Minister Ricardo Buryaile as the new "Coordinator of Public Policies for Sustainable Development", being in charge of coordinating the Belgrano Plan from the Ministry of Agroindustry with the aim of "promoting the initiative from the bio-economic point of view ”and“ make a country brand out of good practices ”. At that time we wondered if these "good practices" would include the massive use of glyphosate in Argentina. Today we already have the answer.

We show you the Italian TV report that exposes the reality of the use of pesticides in Argentina, the country that uses the most glyphosate per year per inhabitant.

Norma Estela Ferreyra, for Latin American Barometer


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