World Rainforest Movement

Paraguay: Transgenic soy and human rights violations. After the coup comes consolidation of the real power of transnational companies


The rapid expansion of monocultures of transgenic soy in Paraguay – 95 per cent of which are covered by Monsanto patents – has left in its wake a trail of destruction and desolation. The country’s food sovereignty is at risk, and so are the lives of thousands of campesino families and indigenous peoples, who are being expelled from their places of origin with increasingly violent methods, and whose historic and ancestral rights are being violated. The most recent report by Alianza Biodiversidad (Biodiversity Alliance) about the impact of transgenic soy in Paraguay estimates that between 1991 and 2009 the country lost more than 3.2 million hectares of native forest, equivalent to 15.34 per cent of its total surface area.

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