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Thu May 19, 2016, 02:40 PM

Dispute between Monsanto and Argentine farmers escalates.

Farmers in Argentina are locked in a fierce battle against the local branch of the St. Louis-based agroindustrial conglomerate Monsanto over the payment of royalties on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

The administration of President Mauricio Macri is accusing Monsanto of abusing its dominant market position and has moved to prevent it from using exporters as fiscal agents simply because they detect at least 10% of GMOs in the seeds they trade.

Private experts say that both sides’ claims of foul play are not totally groundless. Farmers claim, however, that the company continues to “punch below the belt.” They say that after having failed to get paid on the basis of the Seeds Law, Monsanto bypassed it and resorted to the Patents Law, something that they claim is illegal as by Argentine law patents cannot be applied to living organisms.

According to the experts, the government has proposed a new Seed Law to solve the dispute as the current one was introduced in 1976, when there were no GMOs; but Omar Príncipe, Chairman of the small farmers lobby FAA, insists that the law is not at fault. “Under that law Argentina more than doubled its soybean output and doubled that of maize over the past 15 years,” he told the Herald in an interview. “The problem is precisely that Monsanto is bypassing the Seeds Law and forcing farmers to pay on the basis of the Patents Law. It has signed contracts with all exporters and silo-owners, who were then pressured into becoming payment retention agents.”

Príncipe praised Agriculture Minister Ricardo Buryaile’s efforts in search of a solution to the dispute with Monsanto. He said that farmers are still waiting a response from the administration to anti-trust charges of 'abuse of dominant position' they filed last year against Monsanto before the Competition Defense Board. Príncipe said that Monsanto is the only seed company resorting to that practice in Argentina.

Arturo Navarro, former chairman of the CRA farming federation, and Fernando Vilella, Director of the University of Buenos Aires Agribusiness and Food Program, said that Monsanto is “an easy target as the bad guy in the movie” due to its having “overreached somewhat its efforts to get paid.” But both agree that Argentine farmers have a cultural tradition of dodging payment. “Monsanto’s claim is not totally groundless and it has even been accepted by some producers,” Navarro said. “Regrettably, someone at the company is interfering in grain commerce by blocking some shipments to Europe.”

Navarro and Vilella also agreed that the current Seed Law gives enough protection to small producers by allowing them to reuse GMO seeds they harvest, without having to pay for biotech improvements again. Argentine agriculture, Navarro, noted, is still mostly in the hands of large producers, with 80% of farm output coming from 20% of producers.

Asked about a Wall Street Journal report last week that Monsanto was considering pulling its biotech unit from Argentina, both Vilella and Navarro dismissed that as “just bravado amid the conflict.”

At: http://buenosairesherald.com/article/214389/spat-between-monsanto-farmers-escalates

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forest444 May 2016 OP
felix_numinous May 2016 #1
forest444 May 2016 #3
felix_numinous May 2016 #4
forest444 May 2016 #6
felix_numinous May 2016 #7
villager May 2016 #2
forest444 May 2016 #5
pansypoo53219 May 2016 #8

Response to forest444 (Original post)

Thu May 19, 2016, 02:43 PM

1. The soil should be considered a living organism

live balanced soil is the foundation of the biosphere. These chemicals and environmental estrogens are creating dead zones from the ground up, killing the topsoil so it does not hold water.

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Response to felix_numinous (Reply #1)

Thu May 19, 2016, 02:47 PM

3. That's not only the truth,

it's Argentine law.

As we all know though, Monsatan cares very little for either.

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Response to forest444 (Reply #3)

Thu May 19, 2016, 02:49 PM

4. Should be international law

if we have a chance at all for a future. Thanks for posting this.

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Response to felix_numinous (Reply #4)

Thu May 19, 2016, 02:57 PM

6. Sure, Felix. Glad you liked it.

May you live in interesting times, right?

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Response to forest444 (Reply #6)

Thu May 19, 2016, 03:06 PM

7. Definitely

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Response to forest444 (Original post)

Thu May 19, 2016, 02:43 PM

2. Why do you hate science!?

 

Here, let me link to some obscure blog dealing in corporate apologetics....

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Response to villager (Reply #2)

Thu May 19, 2016, 02:56 PM

5. That's them allright.

You know, every time I see their comments to that effect I can't help but suspect they're being paid (at least one or two, anyway).

And don't get me started on Wikipedia. A lot of those contributors on politically-sensitive articles aren't as much editors as they are whores, obviously paid and willing to do anything to push their assigned narrative.

Oh, well. We all know the internet lends itself easily to neo-con/corporate propaganda; but unlike the media, the rest of us can still help counterbalance it a little.

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Response to forest444 (Original post)

Thu May 19, 2016, 03:48 PM

8. monsanto needs to die.

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