Environmental activists from the group Extinction Rebellion staged a protest outside the offices of agrochemical company Monsanto in Buenos Aires on Friday.
Protesters said the company’s practices harm the environment and contribute to climate change.
Argentina has undergone a remarkable transformation since 1996, when Monsanto commercialized a new model promising higher crop yields and reduced pesticide use through its patented seeds and chemicals.
Today, all of Argentina’s soybeans and nearly all of its corn, wheat, and cotton are genetically modified.
For decades, doctors have been warning that the uncontrolled use of pesticides could cause growing health problems among the 12 million people who live in the vast agricultural belt of this South American country.
In the province of Santa Fe, the heart of Argentina’s soybean industry, cancer rates are two to four times higher than the national average.