Shift to soya 'threatens Argentina's food security'
The cultivation of soya in Argentina has greatly increased over the past decade, partly due to reduced costs and increased profits provided by genetically modified strains of the crop, which now make up 95 per cent of total production.
In this article, Miguel Teubal argues that this shift towards large-scale specialised soya cultivation is damaging Argentina's agricultural base and destroying rural livelihoods.
There is little room for small-scale farmers in the new type of agriculture, which neglects the production of basic foodstuffs such as milk, meat, cereals and vegetables, he says. And rising food prices and unemployment are leading to reduced access to food, and are ultimately increasing poverty.