Is GM Soya sustainable?

bascially all the social, economic and environmental impacts - note that the souce is Giga foundation which is an environmentalist group (so slight bias)

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GM crops increasing production sustainably
Disease Resistant and higher yield strains Soya, Maize, Cotton...
GM Soya in Argentina
o Milk
o Sauce
o Tofu
o Candle Wax
Gaia Foundation environmental interests which may cause and environmental impact bias
Social Economic Environmental
Maintains food security Helps pay Argentina's Debt Deforestation
Little food shortages High levels of exports Monoculture plantations
and famine issues which creates a clearing areas of the TRF
dependency on this crop and causing a reduction of
Fall in soya prices which species diversity and
Chemicals used on GM crops caused a shortfall habitat loss
are harmful to the consumers income of only $1.7 Leaching and soil erosion
Argue that locals have billion in 2004 also leading to increased
little choice about food Corruption of the government silt deposits in rivers
as they are poor and High levels of debt and resulting in more frequent
cannot afford more any surplus profits are flooding
expensive imported not seen my the local Contamination of water and
food community ground
GM soya threatens food Labour intensive Despite the claim that
sovereignty Local jobs many GM crops are pest
Replacement of local Inflation of other crops such as resistant they still require
crops which maize and tomatoes lead to some pesticides and
communities rely on many people un able to eat fertilisers which also
for a balanced diet Argentineans can no pollute the environment
Very little subsistence longer afford to eat Eutrophication
farming meat. The same is true Contamination may also
Don't grown cereal of milk lead to a low local famers
crops so cattle herds Many farmers converted productivity
are reduced to Soya plantation as this Traditional farming methods lost
High RuralUrban migration was increase income Little rational cattle
Little economic Further increase grazing which also
benefits in the farming `unpopular crops' prices supplied an areas with
lifestyle The result was that milk sufficient nutrients from
Created a dependence production fell from manure
on imported foods as 10,500 million litres in Nitrogen cycle disrupted
little production in rural 1997 to 8,000 million and nutrients is lost in
areas litres in 2002, while the monoculture
In the 8 major cities price rose steeply Extensive use of herbicides and
combined the urban pesticides create resistant strains
population increased Also cause diseases in
by 185% consumers such as the
Asian rust disease

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Nutrition mineral composition
of soya shows inadequate
calcium/phosphorus balance:
Problems with
essential minerals for
bone development in
children, adolescents
and pregnant women.…read more


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