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Environmental Award Won by Mother for Beating Monsanto

Anthony Gucciardi
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April 28th, 2012
Updated 11/02/2012 at 10:53 pm
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After experiencing the traumatizing death of her daughter to kidney failure just three days after her daughter was born, Sofia Gatica from Argentina became determined to find out what killed her daughter. Her conclusion? Monsanto’s genetically modified soy fields that surrounded her neighborhood, laced with damaging insecticides negatively affecting nearby neighborhood children and adults alike. Gatica began to detail how her small town was plagued with astronomically high birth defect rates, respiratory disease, and even infant mortality. What she didn’t know was that she would later receive an environmental award for her efforts to make change.

Top Environmental Award Given to a Mother for Beating Monsanto

From this point, the courageous mother decided to take on Monsanto. Amazingly, she is not alone in her struggle against the biotechnology colossus when it comes to causing birth problems, as a large group of farmers — also from Argentina — have launched a lawsuit against Monsanto for causing ‘devastating birth defects‘ in children. Gatica was initially alone, however, when she first began her uphill battle. Forming a group of concerned mothers in her local area of Ituzaingó after hosting an event at her home to discuss her experiences, the mother would be one of the very few who has actually beat Monsanto.

After sharing her story with local mothers who were also concerned for the safety of their children and families as a whole, Gatica co-founded the Mothers of Ituzaingó — an action group of 16 mothers collaborating to end Monsanto’s rampant chemical usage. The team took to the streets, going door to door to create what was the first epidemiological study of the area, only to discover that the effects of Monsanto’s concoctions were dramatically affecting many families in the town of Ituzaingó. With cancer rates 41 times the national average, something had to be done.

As a result of the serious campaign to eradicate Monsanto, the mothers were rewarded. Argentina’s Supreme Court not only banned chemical spraying near populated areas, but demanded that the government as well as soy manufacturers now prove that these chemicals are safe. Sofia Gatica is now being honored for her great environmental work with the Goldman Environmental prize, a major environmental award given to activists. Although not everyone will receive an environmental award for creating change, this story shows just how serious activism can take down most any threat — even Monsanto.

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1.thumbnail Environmental Award Won by Mother for Beating MonsantoGoogle Plus ProfileAnthony is the Editor of NaturalSociety whose work has been read by millions worldwide and is routinely featured on major alternative and mainstream news website alike, including the powerful Drudge Report, NaturalNews, Daily Mail, and many others. Anthony has appeared on programs like Russia Today (RT), Savage Nation, The Alex Jones Show, Coast to Coast AM, and many others. Anthony is also dedicated to aiding various non-profit organizations focused around health and rehabilitation as well as the creator of the independent political website Storyleak

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  1. Linda Rivera says:

    Wonderful lady, you are a great heroine for Argentina and the entire world! Monsanto is surely one of the most GREEDY, SELFISH, EVIL corporations on earth. A corporation that LOVES money and HATES humanity. Who don't care how many millions of peoples' health and lives they destroy and people they kill, as long as they make mega money.

    May you and your wonderful allies succeed beyond your wildest dreams!

    NO MORE GMO's!

    NO MORE PESTICIDES!

    PROTECT PEOPLE! NOT WEALTHY, POWERFUL CORPORATIONS!

  2. Nano says:

    Mr. Flouride – the nexus between Monsanto's genetically modified products and the pesticides they produce specifically for use on said GMO's is so tight as to make the two nearly indistinguishable in this consideration. The reason they call it "Round-up Ready Corn" is because it is quite purposefully modified to withstand the extreme biocide effects of the Monsanto pesticide known as "Round-Up".

    • wanda marvel says:

      I am so saddened that agribusiness has taken our earth under their control thinking that they are helping grow crops to save the world. I don't know anyone who wants to eat food grown with chemicals. No one wants to eat GMO's. Everyone is upset that chemicals are being approved by the EPA that knowingly kill the honey bee that are the life blood of pollination. EPA has approved a class of Neonicotinoids which includes clothianidian

      and thiamethoxam. According to Purdue University these chemicals could one day lead to the catastropic destuction of the food supply.

      • beepassionate says:

        Dear one who is saddened. You wrote:"agribusiness has taken our earth under their control thinking that they are helping grow crops to save the world." They never had any proof that the GMO's would help grow more crops, in fact some of the data is proving they knew GMO's would not help feed more people but it would control the food supply. You see, when they make a seed a GMO, they patent the seed and then you are not allowed to give away the seed to anyone as it is against the law. They own the seeds. It was all along meant to get total control of the world's food supply..not about feeding but about feeding who they want when they want for the price they demand.

        Be stunned at the utmost selfishness of Monasanto, Syngenta and the like and don't believe their marketing lies. Read Vandana Shiva's books and learn. She let the scientific community in the 1970's when she discovered what the real plan was.

        The newest GMO that is before the USDA for approval is a soybean that is drought resistant. It has been proven to survive 1% more than other soybeans that have not been genetically modified. Do you want to risk eating this soybean when its benefits are so dubious? Yet the hype is how miraculous it is! Given real field growth it may prove in the long run to be less drought resistant. Round up ready soybeans produce 15% less soybeans than conventional. DO you hear that in the news? No, the news corporations will not offend their big advertisers.

  3. StanFlouride says:

    When I posted this to my FB wall it attached this caption: "Sofia Gatica from Argentina became determined to find out what killed her daughter, and she later found it to be Monsanto's GMOs."

    This is not what happened, it was the pesticides that were used on it, not the GMOs.

    The article and I were both roundly attacked because this falsehood was attached and used to dismiss the veracity of the entire article.

    Though I personally believe that GMOs may have long term negative effects on humans and other animals, this kind of error makes us all look silly.

    • RainForest says:

      Too bad about this "attachment". Perhaps the real story is that the GMO seeds (corn seeds as an example) have been coated with a nicotinoid based pesticide. Although this may allow this corn to survive "RoundUp", it has the paralyzing effect of killing honey bees and other pollinators. The USA has lost 30% of its honey bees due to this colony collapse disorder. The reason that the EPA allowed the pesticide to be used, in spite of the fact that it failed to meet their own standards and in spite of the fact that one of their own scientists advised them of this, they allowed it to go because of "the need to protect Bayer's market share". If citizens don't see this for what it is (corporatism which sounds nicer than fascism), their children and grandchildren will live in a wasteland. Sadly (sorrowfully) it may already be too late.

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