In Ituzaingó, Argentina, residential areas are surrounded by GM soybean fields and with a growing incidence of cancer, birth defects, infant mortality, neurological and respiratory diseases, Sofia Getica also lost her 3-day-old daughter to kidney failure prompting her to take a stand against Monsanto. The health defects were found to be caused by glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Round up which is sprayed aerially on the fields, affecting the residents. She founded the Mothers of Ituzaingó, documenting door-to-door health issues in the area, becoming the first epidemiological study which produced shocking results including cancer rates 41 times the national average. The effort of this Goldman Environmental Prize recipient have led to the ban of endosulfan pesticides in Argentina, moving fields far from people’s homes and a South American-wide resistance to Monsanto, serving as an inspiration to many who are against the harmful practices of
agro science companies.
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