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Argentine herbicide lawsuit alarms soy farmers

Source:  Copyright 2009, Reuters
Date:  May 7, 2009
Byline:  Nicolas Misculin
Original URL: Status ONLINE


An environmental group's push to temporarily ban a widely used herbicide in Argentina, citing a scientist's preliminary study, has sparked concern in the country's huge soy industry and generated disagreement within the government.

An environmental group filed suit in April before the Supreme Court, seeking a ban on glyphosate, a weed killer used with genetically modified soybeans that has helped fuel Argentina's soy boom by dramatically boosting yields.

The lawsuit cited potential health dangers of the herbicide signaled in an unpublished study by Andres Carrasco, embryology professor at the University of Buenos Aires and researcher at the National Scientific and Technical Research Counsel.

Carrasco also holds a post at the Defense Ministry, which recently banned planting of genetically modified glyphosate-resistant soy on lands it rents to farmers.

According to the U.S. National Pesticide Information Center's, sponsored by the ...

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