Clash over GM Farms in Brazil Leaves Two Dead
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Violence erupted this weekend in Brazil. Security forces allegedly
hired by Syngenta fired upon human rights activists attempting to camp
out on a test farm. The Swiss agri-business company has GM test plots
throughout Brazil and has come under increasing criticism from
grassroots organizations. In response to Sunday's incident, Syngenta
claims its security forces are under contract not to carry weapons. But
activists on the scene counter that claim. This is the latest in a
year-long struggle over one farm in the Brazilian state of Parana.
I spoke with Maura Prindiville to find out more about the situation.
She works with Terra de Direitos, a legal advocacy organization that
works with human rights group in Brazil. I asked her if the anti-GM
movement in Brazil has wide public support.
Maura Prindiville works for the legal advocacy group Terra de
Direitos in Brazil. For its part, Syngenta says it is still debating
what to do what the farm in question. The company says they will
continue to lobby to conduct the GM trials, but they are also
considering selling the farm.