"Monsanto, Chile." This was the slogan most heard at the seventh World Congress against Monsanto, held today in Santiago and brought together hundreds of people and environmental groups and social defenders on the free flow of seeds. But this was not the only slogan, since this year the rejection of the TPP-11 has become hidden. And that the controversial treaty is under discussion in the Senate and the uncertainty fills the community.
In addition to the occurrence occurs after the third demand lost by the national, because the insecticide containing its glyphost generated cancer of some farmers.
The march began in the Plaza to Ross Heroes and reached Plaza Italia, which is characterized by slogans aimed at the presence of Monsanto in our country. On the promenade in front of the theater of the University of Chile step taken "seed exchange", as it is a tradition after every march against the agro industry.
What should Monsanto do with TPP-11?
Within the Convention Chile agrees to implement the Upov-91. An international agreement that was at the forefront under the name of law-raising plants, years ago in Chile. Through the lobby and the demonstration, the controversial law, known as the "Monsanto Law", was expanded. However, when it comes to TPP – 11, there is an accumulation of negative options for small farmers.
In the countries where the Monsanto Law came into effect, the survival economy of the peasants and small farmers was affected. So is the case of Colombia (Law 970), where the FTA with the US prevents them from storing seeds, allowing them only the purchase of "certified" seeds and the need to eliminate excess production, since their preservation is "illegal".
For its part, Mexico decided to protect its biodiversity by preventing the entry of GMOs into the country, but found that they could not ban US imports of genetically modified maize due to FTA signing with the same country and Canada. It has affected the traditional corn, being contaminated with GMOs using spores scattered by the wind.