Argentine Defence Ministry bans GM soy on its land
The Argentine Ministry of Defence has banned the cultivation of genetically modified glyphosate-tolerant soybeans on much its land. The move is in response to findings in a national study that the herbicide, glyphosate, causes malformations in human organs (see this issue). That study was carried out by a scientist linked to the Ministry. The ban only refers to land close to urban or suburban areas, or to barracks. Minister Nilda Garre has ordered the renegotiation of existing contracts in order that they meet the requirements of the ban, and the filing of monthly reports. Glyphosate is used on almost the whole of the 17 million ha Argentine GM soybean crop. The agrochemical industry has quickly refuted the claims in the study.