(ARGENTINA) For twelve years the citizens of a small neighborhood outside Cordoba have been dealing with disease, cancer, pain, and death in abnormally large quantities. The primary cause has been known for quite some time to be due to the application of the pesticides glyphosate and endosulfan to nearby GMO soy fields, but due to legal circumstances the citizens have been unable to do anything about it until now. As things continued to worsen, the charges brought against the two farmers and their pilot (producer Edgardo Parra and pilot Pancello, producer Jorge Alberto Gabrielli was acquitted) were finally given recognition after there were a recorded 169 cases of cancer including 30 deaths due to the contamination. Also joining the group, called as a witness, was a mother dealing with her child’s paralysis due to these same toxins since not all the cancer cases and deaths have been fully tallied and/or investigated.
Endosulfan is a highly controversial pesticide considered acutely toxic and banned by most major governments around the world, glyphosate has been generally regarded as safe by most but has recently come under question due to recent studies, but although they are both currently legal in Argentina their application in these neighborhoods and fields was unauthorized. Both pesticides are recognized as carcinogens. Tragically the town had to have more than 150 casualties before action was taken, however the case’s ruling has changed the atmosphere of not only Argentina’s legal environment, but was the first and only time that criminal charges have been brought against persons in the agriculture industry in the entire South American continent. This case creates a new precedent by which all future cases in the region will be compared and both the charges and the consequences brought against future transgressors is only likely to increase rapidly in the years to come.