Protests against the highly controversial GMO crop giant Monsanto and its contemporaries are heating up, and once again South American protesters are making the biggest impact.
According to a report from the British news service Reuters, construction of a new Monsanto corn processing plant has been stopped after protests by activists blocked the entry of work supplies.
The plant, a $150 million project, was being built in the providence of Cordoba as announced last year.
It had been expected to be completed by the start of 2014 according to Monsanto officials but now the schedule “is in doubt” according to the report.
The environmental group “The Argentine Malvinas Assembly” was the driving force behind the protest; and the group objects to Monsanto’s GMO crops which have been linked to organ failure, cancer and other ailments according to independent studies. The crops are deemed safe by U.S. regulatory agencies, however, despite bans or special labels in 60+ nations around the world.
Biotech and chemical farming has suffered other setbacks in recent weeks as well in South American, including the suspension of a controversial seed law that could have opened the door for more GMO activity and less food sovereignty in Colombia.
You can see video of the clash between Argentinian protesters and police by clicking here.
Photo: 2012 Millions Against Monsanto event in Argentina/PressTV