Argentina Is Using More Pesticide Than Ever Before. And Now It Has Cancer Clusters. —By Tom Philpott| Wed Oct. 23, 2013 2:55 AM PDT Argentina's agricultural transformation over the past 20 years—from prime producer of grass-finished beef to one of the globe's genetically modified crop-producing powerhouses—is often hailed as a triumph of high-tech ag. Starting in the 1970s and accelerating recently, high crop prices and various government policies inspired ranchers in the fertile Pampas and Chaco regions to plow up pasture—releasing large amounts to carbon in the process—to plant soybeans, mainly for export markets. In the mid-1990s, when Monsanto rolled out its soybean seeds engineered to resist herbicide, Argentina's new crop farmers were early adapters (see chart to the right).
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On May 24, 2014, hundreds of thousands of people, in about 420 cities and 50 nations around the world, marched once again to protest Monsanto and its monopoly of the global seed supply, its relentless and widespread distribution of its highly toxic Roundup poison, and its bottomless-pit spending to keep consumers in the dark. March Against Monsanto
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