20 Minutes is a Swiss Newspaper / Online-News provider that finances itself from advertisements. It's slightly sensationalism-oriented but the facts
are usually more or less solid. Somtimes they provide a gem that literally SCREAMS for further investigations, and this is one of them.
I smelled blood when I read an article that mentioned that recent dengue-outbreaks happened in regions that were using Monsanto's Roundup-Ready Soy
(which is genetically engineered Soy) and Roundup as main pesticide.
According to the article, the explanation is actually rather easy: Roundup kills frogs, fishes and toads, practically all natural enemies of the
"Yellow fever Mosquito"; the prime carrier of the virus. Strangely enough, the Mosquito seems not to be affected by Roundup.
With this background it's no wonder that the occurrence of the mosquito falls almost to the meter on the same regions where large Soy plantations
are. This was found in a study by Argentinian agronomist Alberto Lapolla.
Monsantos Soy seems quite controversial in Argentina as is shown
and according to 20 Minutes, the Monsanto Crops were only
allowed in Argentina on March 25. 1996 due to some irregularities in the evaluation process under Felipe Solá, then Secretary for Agriculture,
Livestock and Fishing for the presidency of Carlos Menem.
This happened three days before the juristic department could issue a statement and against the warnings of several scientists who clearly said that
long term implications of GE crops and the use of Roundup are unknown and potentially hazardous.
So, here we have:
- Monsanto selling GE Soy and a toxic pesticide trough a process that more than likely involves bribery and corruption.
- A corrupt regime that lets go warning voices unheard in the name of profit.
- A poison that alters the natural balance in favor of a mosquito that can transmit a deadly disease.
Has anybody still any doubts that Monsanto is only interested in Profits without ANY HEED whatsoever for human lives?
Yellow fever Mosquito
Roundup Ready crops
Further references to Monsanto and Felipe Solá:
The Rams horn