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Global Research Report (GRR) recently reported on the growing problems of pesticide spraying in Argentina and notes that the issue has spun quickly out of control. According to reports, Argentina is currently the world’s third-largest soy producer, which comes with a fair share of problems since soy is one of the world’s most pesticide-laden crops. Doctors who know about this issue warn that uncontrolled pesticide use is likely one of the main reasons why there are too many health problems among the 12 million people who live in the South American nation’s growing farm belt. GRR notes that the Santa Fe Province is the heart of Argentina’s soy industry, and in this area, cancer rates are up to four times higher than the national average. Other health issues being blamed on pesticides range from skin problems to babies being born with devastating birth defects such as malformed skulls, exposed spinal cords, blindness and deafness and neurological damage. Pesticide use is largely unregulated in Argentina. In fact, an AP analysis of government and pesticide industry data found that farmers in these areas apply about 4.3 pounds of agrochemical concentrate per acre, a figure that’s more than twice what U.S. farmers use. Of course it’s hard to find help because The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has declared harmful pesticides safe if applied properly while Pablo Vaquero, Monsanto’s spokesman in Buenos Aires notes that these pesticides are, “Even less toxic than the [bug] repellent you put on your children’s skin.” Regular old people who don’t work for Monsanto are concerned however, and the illness outbreaks have triggered anti-Monsanto protests in Argentina. If you’re not down with pesticide use here and in other countries, your best bet to protest said pesticides is to buy local, organic, GMO-free food.

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+ Visit the Pesticide Action Network to learn how to stop pesticide use