Genetically-modified plants in Argentina may be causing serious health problems because of the amount of pesticide that is being used on these crops.
The Washington Post reports that the Argentina’s agriculture — which is now dominated by soy, corn and cotton — could be causing birth defects and other health problems in the country. The use of pesticide in the South American country has taken a predominant role in the country’s agricultural boom since 1996 and it appears as if the boom has come at a heavy price.
Argentina’s pesticide regulations are not heavily enforced and a recent Associated Press investigation shows that Argentine farmers use more than twice as much pesticide as U.S. farmers. Pesticides have been causing issues to farmers who work with no supervision or protective gear. They work in windy conditions that cause the chemicals to drift into homes and schools which can contaminate drinking water and cause health problems including cancer and deadly neurological disorders.