The following is excerpted from: "HEALTH-ARGENTINA: Danger in the Fields," by Marcela Valente. ISP. February 18, 2008:
...monoculture farming of genetically modified soybeans, which require glyphosate, and the aerial spraying of fields, that is frequently carried out without the necessary safety precautions.
Silva, a researcher with the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), said the state, which brings in enormous tax revenues from farm exports, "looks the other way."
The expert also said transnational corporations that produce agrochemicals finance research carried out by the agronomy departments of universities in Buenos Aires and other provinces, thus compromising academic independence and objectivity.
The symptoms of mild or acute poisoning from agrochemicals include headache, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, restlessness, nervousness, perspiration, nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite, loss of weight, thirst, moodiness, soreness in joints, skin irritation, eye irritation, and irritation of the nose and throat.
Long-term exposure to pesticides and fertilisers without adequate protection and safety measures can cause cancer, neurological damage, endocrine disruption, reproductive disorders, fetal malformations, immune system disruption and impaired nervous system function.
This article goes on to explain many errors that are occurring in Argentina due to toxic farming methods. The reason for these toxic methods is greed. It is the greed of the top corporations that have caused this evil system to come into existence and which facilitate and perpetuate the system. The rich get richer and can afford organic food for themselves while the poor are on the frontlines everywhere from one end of the system to the other.