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Recent Findings from City University of New York Provides New Insights into Human Geography

June 27, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Science Letter -- Fresh data on Human Geography are presented in a new report. According to news originating from New York City, New York, by NewsRx editors, the research stated, "This paper examines Argentina's agro-export strategy for socioeconomic development based on the adoption and expansion of genetically modified (GM) soy. The modelo sojero a model based on large scale mechanized production of GM soy, is widely praised at home and abroad and used as an example of 'success' for other poor countries on the brink of adopting GM biotechnologies for socio-economic development."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the City University of New York, "In this work I interrogate and contextualize this dominant representation of the success associated with Argentina's soy boom. Indeed, in terms of economic growth Argentina's transition to GM soy has been a success. However the GM-induced soybean boom is illusory when other factors are taken into consideration, most importantly its impact on socioenvironmental dynamics. Thus, I argue that there is a fundamental conflict between the narrative of 'success' of the Argentinean GM soy boom and socio-ecological sustainability. After an introduction, section two looks at the historical context of GM soy adoption in Argentina and shows the trend of expansion of production since the adoption of the new GM biotechnology. Section three explores the socio-environmental impact of the GM soy-based agrarian transformation in Argentina. Section four looks at the current context of the Argentinean soybean boom. Thus, it focuses on Argentina's current domestic political economy, particularly the Kirchners' National-Popular model."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "I argue that the GM soy-based agro-export model as currently configured in Argentina is a socially and ecologically unsustainable model of national development."

For more information on this research see: Modifying Argentina: GM soy and socio-environmental change. Geoforum, 2014;53():149-160. Geoforum can be contacted at: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, England. (Elsevier -; Geoforum -

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from A. Leguizamon, CUNY, Grad Center, New York, NY 10016, United States (see also Human Geography).

Keywords for this news article include: New York City, United States, Human Geography, North and Central America

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