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Cancer Doubles in GMO Region

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Dramatic Increase in Cancer Deaths Linked to Pesticides in Cordoba, Argentina

Overview of the Health Crisis

A new report by the Ministry of Health in Cordoba, Argentina, reveals a concerning increase in cancer deaths. The report, covering data from the past five years, indicates an alarming average of 158 cancer deaths per 100,000 individuals in the province. However, this figure escalates drastically in the “Pampa Gringa” districts, with death rates ranging between 216 and 230 per 100,000. These districts are part of Cordoba's prime agricultural region, hinting at a possible link between farming practices and the health crisis.

The "Report on cancer in Cordoba 2004-2009" presents a comprehensive investigation establishing a connection between the use of pesticides, particularly glyphosate, and the surge in cancer deaths. Dr. Medardo Avila Vazquez from the University Network for Environment and Health highlights the alarming trend of rising cancer cases in areas with extensive pesticide usage, as reported by The Ecologist.

Researchers from Rio Cuarto, after an eight-year study, have confirmed through 15 scientific publications the heightened risk of genetic damage and cancer in individuals exposed to pesticides. Glyphosate, primarily used on genetically modified crops, has been detected in lake samples, soils, and rainwater, raising serious environmental and health concerns.

Government Response and the Call for Action

The government's slow response to this health crisis has sparked outrage among scientists and environmentalists. Damian Verzenassi, a doctor and professor of social and environmental health at the Faculty of Medical Sciences in Rosario, criticizes the government's inaction and delay in addressing these issues. Despite clear evidence from studies conducted in eighteen industrial agriculture areas showing a spike in cancer rates over the last fifteen years, the government hesitates to implement protective measures for the population. Verzenassi emphasizes the need for immediate action, pointing out the proven health impacts of Argentina's agricultural model.

Suggested Government Measures

To address this crisis, immediate actions are necessary. Initially, the government must curb the excessive use of pesticides, which is severely impacting the health of the Argentinian population. However, the ultimate solution lies in a fundamental change in the country's agricultural practices. Moving away from the GMO-driven, intensive, industrial agricultural system and adopting a sustainable, agro-ecological alternative is imperative for long-term health and environmental benefits.


  1. Ministry of Health, Cordoba, Argentina. "Report on cancer in Cordoba 2004-2009."
  2. The Ecologist. Article on Dr. Medardo Avila Vazquez's statement regarding pesticide use and cancer rates.
  3. Research publications by the Rio Cuarto team on the link between pesticides and cancer.
  4. Article “Cancer deaths double in Argentina’s GMO agribusiness areas” discussing Damian Verzenassi's views on government response.
  5. Studies on the impact of agricultural practices in eighteen industrial agriculture areas in Argentina.