Solidarity for boy killed in Paraguay 8 years ago from pesticide spraying on GM soy
1. GM Soy: Sustainable? Responsible? Report by international scientists
2. Research paper showing glyphosate/Roundup herbicide causes birth defects at very low doses
3. Interviews with people whose lives have been disrupted by Roundup/agrochemical spraying of GM soy in Argentina
4. The Poison of the Pampas: must-see news video of the human consequences of Roundup spraying in Argentina (in Spanish with English subtitles)
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Solidarity with Silvino Talavera
New email action on GM soy - solidarity for boy killed in Paraguay 8 years ago from pesticide spraying
Friends of the Earth
27 January 2011
The deadly impacts of soya production no longer going unnoticed.
Intensive livestock production in the UK and Europe relies on the use of large scale imports of high protein animal feed.
This is primarily soya, which is now being cultivated on a massive scale in South America.
Expanding soya production is causing rainforest destruction and large scale displacement of communities.
Soya cultivation commonly uses vast monocultures of GM crops, which are heavily dependent on a cocktail of pesticides and herbicides.
Above the law
Environmental legislation is commonly abused and ignored.
Many pesticides and herbicides are leading to severe health problems for many in rural communities.
Despite this, few cases are documented as the rural poor are reluctant to highlight their plight due to shame, intimidation, or lack of faith in corrupt legal systems.
Standing up for her son
One notable exception is that of Silvino Talavera, an 11 year old from Pirapey in southern Paraguay.
He died following exposure to toxic pesticides while cycling home.
Silvino's mother, Petrona Villasboa, took her case to the Paraguayan courts.
2 soya producers were found guilty of Silvino's death in 2004. 8 years after his death neither has been imprisoned or paid their fines.
In 2010 Petrona launched a new campaign to get justice.
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