Provincial agrochemicals bill debated in Argentina


Herbicide containing glyphosate could in some circumstances be sprayed within ten meters of houses in Argentina’s principal farming province, Buenos Aires, under a bill being weighed in the provincial legislature. The bill, approved on July 6 by the Buenos Aires province Senate, will become law if it passes the Chamber of Deputies, the provincial legislature’s lower house and is signed by Buenos Aires Province Gov. María Eugenia Vidal. It has drawn strong criticism from green advocates, who charge the provincial government is ignoring environmental-health concerns while doing the powerful farm lobby’s bidding. Opponents point out that a key supporter of the bill, Buenos Aires province Agroindustry Minister Leonardo Sarquís, is a former executive with Monsanto. The company produces a glyphosate-based herbicide, Roundup Ready... [Log in to read more]

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