In Argentina, the GM-soy craze: immediate gratification long term heartache

By Marcela Valente

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, August 30, 2003 (IPS): Low input costs, ease of a technique known as direct planting and a current world market for soy has turned Argentina's agricultural sector, once known for its livestock, maize and cotton among other things, into a happy employee of the Monsanto soy division. For the moment payoffs are high but the soy market is already starting to sag under the strain of over-production and there are growing concerns for the future of the country’s soil and product diversity in as the landscape becomes more and more of the same. MORE>