Target: Argentinian Government
Goal: Enforce stricter regulation on use of herbicides, pesticides, and genetically modified grain seeds
Many regions of South America have struggled to adapt to the modern global agricultural market, and as a result, the use of pesticides, herbicides, and genetically modified seeds has skyrocketed. What’s worse, the price for certain grains and soybeans is so high that many farmers and farming regions have been forced to abandon the production of other crops to meet the global demand for soy products. Crop rotation and a high diversity of crops are essential components of a sustainable farm. After a few years of soy-centered agriculture, the soil will be depleted of necessary nitrogen and thus unusable in years to follow.
But a devastated landscape is not the only thing we can expect from this pattern of agriculture. In Argentina, the world’s third-largest soy producer, nearly 100 percent of its soy crop comes from genetically modified (GMO) seeds. The rise of GMOs corresponds directly with a rise in pesticide and herbicide use, and the health risks associated with these chemicals have already led to severe problems for local populations. In some areas, birth defects have quadrupled in the last decade and reports of cancer have soared in the Chaco region. Thirty-one percent of people in this region have had a relative affected by cancer compared to the three percent of people located in a nearby cattle ranching village.
Based on those numbers, it is clear that the agrochemical industry is taking its toll on entire regions of Argentina–but the Monsanto agricultural company is denying that the two are connected, stating that the company “does not condone the misuse of pesticides or the violation of any pesticide law, regulation, or court ruling,” pushing the blame, instead, onto the Argentinian government. Recently, the use of pesticides have been under tighter regulation, based on data assembled by Mother Jones, which is a positive step forward, so stand today and tell the Argentinian government to continue on the path towards a healthier agricultural industry, one that would protect both local and international populations.
We the undersigned do not condone the pesticides and herbicides that are reportedly used to great extent in your agricultural industry. Regional populations throughout your country have been experiencing serious health problems known to be caused by toxic chemicals found in pesticides and herbicides; conditions like cancer, birth defects, and low-incident diseases.
If stricter regulation is not enforced on your agrochemical industry, associated health problems will continue to rise. Please push for less pesticide and herbicide use for the sake of your citizens and the international population at large.
[Your Name Here]
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