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Pobladores de San Pedro contra el avance sojero

Por Arturo Peña: Pobladores del distrito de Lima, departamento de San Pedro, ubicado a 300 kilómetros de Asunción, se manifestaron hoy, jueves 14, contra el avance de las plantaciones de soja transgénica y el uso indiscriminado de agrotóxicos en las fumigaciones de estos plantíos.

What is the 'Round Table on Responsible Soy' and it's history

In order to address the problems created by the production of commodities like palmoil, sugar cane and soy, WWF initiated various Round Table processes, mainly between NGOs and industry. These initiatives have met with a lot of reservation or outright opposition from other parts of civil society in producer countries. Notably the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS)has sparked a lot of debate. Can large scale grown commodities like soy, or palm oil, be called 'sustainable' or even 'responsible'?

WWF may argue that "Industry creates the problem, and therefore also has to be part of the solution" - many see that differently. MOCASE (Via Campesina Argentina) for example, portrays the situation in the Argentinean countryside as a 'war' between two production models: small scale farming versus large scale soy plantations.

The three RTRS conferences that have been held so far triggered counterevents and demonstrations.

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