Target: Argentine activists
Goal: Applaud Argentine activists for winning the first fight against the construction of a toxic seed processing plant
Residents of an Argentina town have halted the construction of a Monsanto seed plant, which if built would have exposed the community to dangerous fumes from weed-killing herbicides. The residents of the town of Malvinas Argentinas protested for four months by blocking access to the construction site, which was set to become the world’s biggest maize seed treatment plant. The activists won a provincial court order for the construction to halt until two legal requirements are met. The requirements are an assessment of the environmental impact and a public hearing.
The social organization Asamblea Malvinas Lucha por la Vida (Malvinas Assembly Fighting for Life) and other organizations started the campaign to stop the plant on September 18, 2013 in the town near the capital of Cordoba. Twenty activists were injured after members of the construction union stormed into the camp site in an attempt to break the blockade. The provincial labor court ruling showed that it was unconstitutional to authorize the building of a plant in a mostly working class town of 15,000 people.
In Malvinas Argentinas, many of the residents already have respiratory problems or allergic reactions that started after the use of Monsanto’s weed-killer in the fields in their surrounding neighborhoods. Doctors report an increase in cancer cases and birth defects as well. The construction of the Monsanto seed plant in their town could lead to even more health problems.
The Argentine activists are still camping in front of the construction site and blocking access to it until Monsanto terminates the plans to build the plant. Sign the petition below to support their campaign.
Dear Asamblea Malvinas Lucha pro la Vida and the activists in Malvinas Argentinas,
I applaud you for your victory against the construction of a Monsanto plant in your town. Scientific studies have proven the health risks from seed transportation and agrochemical products, both of which would be associated with the Monsanto plant. Thank you for your determination to camp outside the construction site and block access to it. It is your right to prevent harm to your health and your environment. It is wrong for Monsanto to build a plant in a town of 15,000 people without first assessing the environmental impact.
I commend you for your efforts to protect your health and environment and for continuing to protest until Monsanto terminates the project.
[Your Name Here]
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