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Woman Receives Anonymous Threats after Opposing Monsanto

Mike Barrett
Natural Society / News Report
Published: Monday 23 April 2012
“Over the course of a few years, mandatory buffer zones between aerial spraying and neighborhoods has been put in place thanks to the activist movement.”
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After losing a 3-day old daughter to kidney failure, a woman named Sofia Gatica from Argentina made a decision to spearhead an anti-Monsanto movement with other mothers of sick children. Monsanto is a biotechnology, agrochemical company which has been polluting the environment and human health with herbicides, pesticides, genetically modified foods, and other substances for decades. Numerous cases have been brought against Monsanto for biological damage and even death — such is the recent case in which farmers say the biotech giant’s creations spawned ‘devastating birth defects‘.

Near where Gatica lives, there are soybean fields covering the land where farmers spray loads of chemicals on the crops. The primary weed killer used on the fields is the one and only Roundup, the most popular herbicide used by farmers which contains the active ingredient glyphosate. Gatica didn’t initially connect the chemical exposure to her baby’s death until she noticed that many of her friends and neighbors were also experiencing health problems.

“I started seeing children with mouth covers, mothers with scarves wrapped around their heads to cover their baldness, due to chemotherapy…There are soybeans to the north, to the south, and to the east, and when they spray, they spray over the people because there’s no distance,” Gatica said to a Grist reporter.

In fact, researchers found that people in her area had three to four agricultural chemicals in their blood, including one chemical, endosulfan, which is banned in over 80 countries. The researchers also found that 33 percent of the residents were struck with cancer. In other previous German findings, Monsanto’s Roundup was present in all urine samples tested at an amount of 5 to 20-fold the established limit for drinking water, showing how prevalent these chemicals really are.

In retaliation to Monsanto and their highly used chemical creations, Gatica worked to create an international movement against Monsanto with other activists. A few years ago, after co-founding a group called Mothers of Ituzaingó, she and her group initiated the first epidemiological study of the area which found high rates of neurological and respiratory disease, birth defects, infant mortality, and cancer rates more than 40 times the national average. She then continued to find researchers to study the links between pesticides, herbicides, and health problems, while engaging in protests voicing concerns over the issues.

“We blockaded the spraying machines. We would get into the fields to block them. We carried out protests at the Ministry of Agriculture and the Health Ministry. We took sick people to the ministry,” she said.

Over the course of a few years, mandatory buffer zones between aerial spraying and neighborhoods has been put in place thanks to the activist movement. In addition, Argentina’s Supreme Court decided that agrochemicals could not be sprayed near living areas.

However, while Gatica and other activists successfully created change, the process wasn’t necessarily easy. In fact, there were even direct threats.

“Somebody came inside my house with a weapon. I was told not to ‘screw around with the soybeans.’ I would get phone calls where I’d be told that I would only have two children the next day,” she said. “I had the police investigate this, but I was told that the file was secret,” she added after being questioned as to whether she ever found out who made the personal attacks.

Interestingly enough, previous research found that Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide Roundup exhibits direct toxicity to human cells, effectively killing them off even at low doses. The toxicity and negative impact on young children is even greater, and is most detrimental to infants or unborn babies. Although Gatica started alone and was even directly threatened, she rose above these complications and effectively ignited change – she will not be the last.



Just because Corporations

Just because Corporations like Monsanto make a lot of money, it shouldn't be respected for that reason under the Capitalist mentality! Nobody has the right to act against the environment and the life of all people in this planet. It is incredible that the governments are not doing something drastic against this corporations. The reality is that no government really cares about the people but the power and money to be made no matter what. I dare any government to proof this to be wrong.

We should roundup Monsanto

We should roundup Monsanto and have them drink it!How can humans WATCH others kill the planet? Monsanto contaminates the soil, water, atmosphere, insects, animals, humans, food........what is left?This is an agriculture HOLOCAUST!Evil will not survive......life is too precious.

Monsanto sells Roundup!! The

Monsanto sells Roundup!! The chemical sprayed on these fields. Monsanto develops the genetically modified seed so that it can survive tons of Roundup. Therefore, more of the pesticide is used than in the past. It is a complete win/win for Monsanto. And more Roundup is used than ever before. You are not very educated.

You are obviously a company

You are obviously a company shill. There are strict laws governing the spraying of pesticides such as Roundup on vegetation. The laws specify weather conditions, wind direction and speed, ambient temperature, and safety equipment needed to protect users from exposure to the chemical. The problem is that Monsanto pesticides do not stay where they are sprayed. The plums drift with wind into populated areas and contaminate innocent citizens. As you can read the pesticides wreak havoc within the human body. I was not born with pesticides in my body and I do not believe ANY CORPORATION has the right to contaminate my body with toxins. I agree STOP MONSANTO NOW.

I just posted reply's to

I just posted reply's to several comments and I now only see one of them. Can someone explain this to me?? I really don't want to consider that comments or reply's are censored. I would like to hear from the site manager...please. Thank you

Dana ...your right on

Dana ...your right on regarding the subsidies. I assume your 'activating' !!! Have you seen 'Thrive' the movie yet. If not go to thrivemovement.com. We need more like you to be involved. The numbers of 'service to others' must grow in order for the life to win.

Dana ...your right on

Dana ...your right on regarding the subsidies. I assume your 'activating' !!! Have you seen 'Thrive' the movie yet. If not go to thrivemovement.com. We need more like you to be involved. The numbers of 'service to others' must grow in order for 'life' to win.

Dana ...your right on

Dana ...your right on regarding the subsidies. I assume your 'activating' !!! Have you seen 'Thrive' the movie yet. If not go to thrivemovement.com. We need more like you to be involved. The numbers of 'service to others' must grow in order for the life to win.

no, we are not afraid of a

no, we are not afraid of a stupid lawsuit; the legislation passed out of committee last week.

Great news.... please post

Great news.... please post updates and when focus of intention is needed. this is important for a CONSCIOUS ACTION to take place.

M o n t S A T A N !

M o n t S A T A N !

Glyphosate (Roundup) is a

Glyphosate (Roundup) is a salt. Plant's don't do well with salts. Monsanto did not specify the farmers spray other chemicals on the crops - nor did they tell the farmers to spray populated areas. Let's get real people - Monsanto sells seeds - they don't spray crops, nor do they publish instructions for aerial spraying of inhabited areas.

You are obviously a company

You are obviously a company shill. There are strict laws governing the spraying of pesticides such as Roundup on vegetation. The laws specify weather conditions, wind direction and speed, ambient temperature, and safety equipment needed to protect users from exposure to the chemical. The problem is that Monsanto pesticides do not stay where they are sprayed. The plums drift with wind into populated areas and contaminate innocent citizens. As you can read the pesticides wreak havoc within the human body. I was not born with pesticides in my body and I do not believe ANY CORPORATION has the right to contaminate my body with toxins. I agree STOP MONSANTO NOW.

Do not dismiss Monsanto's

Do not dismiss Monsanto's power. This company is Satan.

M o n t S A T A N !

M o n t S A T A N !

Agricultural subsidies are

Agricultural subsidies are part of the price discrepancies. Also, they are a bit more labor intensive as well since weeding and pest removal is done by hand. And then there are certification fees. Try growing your own, indoors or own it;s not that hard and very rewarding!

Someone tell me this. Why is

Someone tell me this. Why is organic so much more expensive? Why do organic farmers have to pay so much to be certified and then have to pass those costs along to the customers!

Murray....mainly because

Murray....mainly because Organic farming is not subsidized. And the difference in cost is the price you pay for organic process, pesticide free and the care of getting organic to your family table. Support Farmers Markets where you live and ask questions. Start a garden. grow some lettuce or tomatoes on your window sill.....get in touch with live food!! Soon you will be the "enlightener' ....!!!!Remember that if a business is in the right place to receive a subsidy from the Govt the conditions of payment more than likely require the use of these toxic products and dangerous terminator seeds. Monsanto is supported by the US dept of Ag.
See the movie Thrive!! you tube or thrivemovement.com. the facts here may shock you. Be ready!!

what is being sprayed from

what is being sprayed from the planes...?

Knowing what we know about

Knowing what we know about South American politics, it is a miracle that she is still with us.

What Monsanto has sown, it

What Monsanto has sown, it should reap. That is the Law of Karma.

So well said ...now can we

So well said ...now can we get them to instant Karma!!! Try playing with John Lennon's song 'Instant Karma' and visualizing justice for Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta and the others. See their doors closed with a big Skull and Crossbones. See the totality of their 'ass-ets' being turned over to universal healthcare. Thrive the movie.....will tell the true story.!!!!

While living in Niagara Falls

While living in Niagara Falls during the Love Canal fiasco, it astounded me how "officials" and company men could so righteously proclaim nothing was wrong on those grounds and people's illnesses were not related to chemicals (although they pointed often enough to "lifestyles" as culprits), and all the while not one of them lived on those grounds. If they were so sure they should have lived there or bought out the people who wanted out and turned the land they saw as so pure into an investment property perhaps. Put your money where your mouth is, in a sense. So too should Monsanto owners and those who abet their actions. Unwittingly in a way they are" living there" though as the sheer size of these polluters will engulf us all in Love Canals. Karma is a b^&*# when it gets to that level because we all will pay dearly.

Will we rise up again and

Will we rise up again and block this or are we too distracted by all of the extra non-sense and proposed war? I wonder about our future. I know I am not alone.

Patti ...you are not alone.

Patti ...you are not alone. Our very existence is at risk. See the movie Thrive ...then get your friends to see it. Then get your friends to do the same. Our future is right now.....we are either planting good seeds or terminator seeds. Which seed do you water?????????

Mother Earth abundance is

Mother Earth abundance is enough to feed the current population, it does not need Monsanto's greed to produce more food and on the process of doing this commits genocide to the population living the Monsanto farm operation due to the toxic effects of their chemical application. We are all affected by this, wind carries the toxic chemicals while the polluted water sipped through as wide areas as it can reach. We are all living under one house called Earth, what makes her sick will affect us too. Let us all united and make Monsanto responsible for all the deaths and pollutions it has caused!

Gutsy Lady!! I wish her

Gutsy Lady!! I wish her well!
And Vermont is afraid of a stupid lawsuit that people across the country have volunteered to help pay for.

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