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Argentinian city wins global prize for urban farming project
5 July 2021 - An urban farming project in the Argentinian city of Rosario that was designed to improve food security, but evolved to boost resilience to extreme weather events and cut carbon emissions, was on Tuesday [29 June] named the winner of a global prize for cities. Rosario -- in Argentina's northeastern Santa Fe province -- won the World Resources Institute (WRI) Ross Center Prize for Cities and $250,000 for its two-decade-old initiative. (more)

On the prowl: Jaguar population rises in Iguazu Falls region
11 March 2020 - After almost losing its jaguar population in the early 2000s, the Atlantic Forest area between Brazil and Argentina has seen the number of the big cats more than double to 105. It's the only place in South America that has registered an increase in the jaguar population, thanks to joint law enforcement by Brazil and Argentina to tackle poaching, and planting of camera traps by researchers, which deter would-be poachers. (more)

'The animals own the place': Argentine sanctuary ruled by llamas and cows
30 January 2020 - In the 'Animal Paradise' sanctuary, 75 kilometers (50 miles) outside Argentine capital Buenos Aires, it is clear who's king: the ducks, llamas, pigs, horses, and local capybara who wander the pastures and farm yards at leisure. The center is the labor of love of husband and wife couple Gabriela Bezeric and Armando Scoppa, who have been running the facility for over a quarter of a century, rescuing animals that would otherwise have been killed. (more)

Largest solar power plant in Argentina now up and running
6 August 2019 - Canadian Solar recently announced its 100.1 MWp Cafayate solar power project in Argentina started commercial operation July 19, 2019. It is now the largest operational solar power plant in the country. Located in the Province of Salta, the solar project . . . will generate over 216 GWh of electricity per year. (more)

Argentina: Rio Negro produces the most organic food in country
7 December 2018 - Rio Negro has consolidated itself as the province that generates the most organic products in Argentina, as it accounts for 20 percent of the country's total organic production. There are 240 establishments in the province that are devoted to producing organic products, mainly pears and apples. 28 new organic establishments were certified in Rio Negro in 2017. This means there was a 13 percent annual increase. (more)

Argentina's meatless Mondays
19 October 2017 - The introduction of meatless Mondays to the presidential palace adds Argentina to the list of countries investigating ways to limit meat consumption. Portugal passed a law this year requiring a vegan option at public institutions. Researchers at Oxford University found that pricing food according to its climate impact could prevent more than half a million early deaths every year, largely in Europe, the United States, Australia, and China. And surveys show that measures restricting meat consumption could be accepted by the public if justified in their interest. (more)

Argentina: The caterers with Down's syndrome - video
16 February 2017 - After years of facing social and work-related discrimination, four friends with Down's syndrome started their own pizza company in Buenos Aires in 2016. Los Perejiles now has 24 employees and caters for parties across the Argentine capital, supporting people with Down's syndrome to overcome social stigma. 'I started Los Perejiles so I could work, and to make people happy,' said one of the founders. (more)

Argentine dinosaur may shed light on huge beasts
6 September 2014 - Researchers studying the remains of an enormous dinosaur -- a creature that was bigger than seven bull elephants -- have given it an equally colossal name: Dreadnoughtus, or 'fearing nothing'. Scientists hope its unusually well-preserved bones will help reveal secrets about some of the largest animals ever to walk the Earth. (more)

Coastal wildlife paradise declared biosphere reserve in Argentina
15 July 2014 - Conservationists are celebrating the announcement that UNESCO has dubbed Argentina's Península Valdes a biosphere reserve under the Man and Biosphere Programme (MBA). A hatchet-shaped peninsula that juts out into the Southern Atlantic Ocean, the world's newest biosphere reserve is home to a hugely-diverse collection of both terrestrial and marine wildlife. (more)

Argentina: 'Biggest dinosaur ever' discovered
16 May 2014 - Fossilised bones of a dinosaur believed to be the largest creature ever to walk the Earth have been unearthed in Argentina, palaeontologists say. Based on its huge thigh bones, it was 40m (130ft) long and 20m (65ft) tall. Weighing in at 77 tonnes, it was as heavy as 14 African elephants, and seven tonnes heavier than the previous record holder, Argentinosaurus. This giant herbivore lived in the forests of Patagonia between 95 and 100 million years ago, based on the age of the rocks in which its bones were found. (more)

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Maharishi Towers of Invincibility: Construction, planning progressing in Argentina, Bolivia
1 March 2011 - Construction of a Maharishi Tower of Invincibility is progressing in Argentina and in Bolivia, along with accompanying projects for Maharishi Invincibility Schools, as well as communities built according to Maharishi Vastu (Vedic architecture). (more)

Video displays architectural plans for Vastu community in Argentina
4 January 2010 - A new video displays detailed plans for the soon-to-be-established Vastu community in Florencio Varela, Argentina, near Buenos Aires. The community, designed and to be built according to principles of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda (Vedic Architecture), will include a Maharishi Tower of Invincibility, two Maharishi Invincibility Schools, and 100 Vastu homes. (more)

Argentina: Building Maharishi Tower of Invincibility is significant for entire world - Dr Bevan Morris addresses inaugural ceremony
30 December 2009 - In an inspiring address to 200 guests at the ceremony inaugurating construction of a Maharishi Tower of Invincibility in Florencio Varela, Argentina, Dr Bevan Morris, Prime Minster of the Global Country of World Peace, explained that students in two schools connected with the Tower would create invincibility for their nation. He also praised Dr Julio Pereyra, Mayor of Florencio Varela, as well as others who have greatly supported the project. (more)

Argentina: Maharishi Tower of Invincibility, Peace Colony projects inaugurated in grand ceremony
25 December 2009 - Two hundred leading guests enjoyed the recent grand, official inauguration of the project to build a Maharishi Tower of Invincibility in Florencio Varela, Argentina. (more)

Argentina: Construction of first Maharishi Tower of Invincibility to begin 21 December
20 December 2009 - The first Maharishi Tower of Invincibility featuring a school on either side--one for boys and one for girls--will be built in the centre of a Maharishi Peace Colony, in the city of Florencio Varela, Argentina. Mayor of the city, Dr Julio Pereyra, together with the architects and Dr German Martina, National Director of Argentina for the Global Country of Peace, will launch the Peace Colony and start excavation for the Tower of Invincibility on 21 December, the auspicious day of the beginning of summer in the southern hemisphere. (more)

Peace colony, schools will promote progress towards Invincibility in Argentina
7 May 2008 - Dr Jose Luis Alvarez, Raja of Latin America for the Global Country of World Peace, reported recently on the rise of Invincibility for the 30 million people of Argentina, and announced that Dr Julio Pereyra, mayor of Florencio, has given 12 hectares of land in his city to build a Maharishi Tower of Invincibility and 150 homes built according to Vedic Architecture. (more)

Building Maharishi Towers of Invincibility in Latin America
10 March 2008 - Speaking on a recent Global Family Chat broadcast by satellite and the Internet on the Maharishi Channel, Dr Jose Luis Alvarez, Raja (Administrator) of Latin America for the Global Country of World Peace, spoke about the new Towers of Invincibility in Latin America. (more)

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Raging fires in Argentina's Cordoba province prompt evacuations, threaten homes
24 August 2020 - Fires are raging in Argentina's Cordoba province, prompting evacuations and threatening to destroy homes, fueled in part by strong winds and a lack of rain, officials said on Monday [24 August]. At least 14,321 hectares (55 square miles)of grasslands and mountainous territory have so far been burned, mainly in the northern areas of Punilla and Ischilín, according to local media, as the province and federal government deploy aircraft to assist firefighters on the ground. (more)

Argentina permits new enetically modified soybean seed as EU debates weed-killer glyphosate
24 November 2017 - Argentina authorized on Friday (24 November) the use of genetically modified soybean seeds resistant to herbicides other than glyphosate, as the European Union (EU) debates whether to extend the license of weed-killers containing the ingredient. The EU debate comes amid concerns the active ingredient in Monsanto Co's popular weed-killer Roundup causes cancer. That has caused concern in the South American country, the No. 1 exporter of soybean meal and soybean oil and No. 3 raw soybean exporter, that its exports to the EU could be in jeopardy. (more)

Drug cartels find Argentina attractive transit way
10 November 2014 - The interception of a drug shipment earlier this year called attention to a worrying trend in Argentina, the increasing use of its roads and ports as a trade route for cocaine and other drugs bound for markets in the US, Europe, and beyond. Bordered by long stretches of sparsely developed land to its north and west, and 3,100 miles (nearly 5,000 kilometers) of Atlantic coastline on the east, Argentina is proving attractive for traffickers exporting cocaine from neighbouring Bolivia and from nearby Peru, which in 2012 surpassed Colombia to become the world's biggest cocaine producer. The rising use of Argentina as a passageway is also leading to greater consumption within the country, fuelling growing violence between gangs battling to control turf and markets. (more)

Are pesticides linked to health problems in Argentina?
14 May 2014 - Could pesticides -- their use and abuse -- increase levels of cancer and birth defects? It is a question asked across the vast belt of Argentina where GM crops are grown. Argentina has become one of the world's largest producers of GM soya, with some 20 million hectares under cultivation. It is the nation's leading export. The biotechnology revolution in agriculture began to transform Argentina in the mid-1990s. And it is the agrochemicals that support the crops that worry people. In local research published in 2012, of those surveyed in Avia Terai, nearly a third said someone in the family had cancer in the last 10 years. In comparison, in one of Chaco's ranching communities, just 3 per cent of those asked said they had a relative with cancer. One of the report's authors was Dr Maria del Carmen Seveso, who noticed something else too -- a rise in the number of pregnant women with eclampsia, a life-threatening condition. Another doctor has charted the increase of children born disabled. 'I'm talking about all kinds of disability -- some had missing limbs, others had aberrations of their sex organs,' he says. (more)

Argentines link health problems to agrochemicals
20 October 2013 - American biotechnology has turned Argentina into the world's third-largest soybean producer, but the chemicals powering the boom aren't confined to soy and cotton and corn fields. Poisonous sprays drift into schools and homes and settle over water sources; farmworkers mix chemicals with no protective gear; villagers store water in pesticide containers. Doctors are warning that uncontrolled pesticide applications could be the cause of growing health problems among the 12 million people who live in the South American nation's vast farm belt. A nation once known for its grass-fed beef has undergone a remarkable transformation since 1996, when the St. Louis-based Monsanto Co. promised that adopting its patented seeds and chemicals would increase crop yields and lower pesticide use. Today, Argentina's entire soy crop, and nearly all its corn and cotton are genetically modified. Agrochemical first declined, then bounced back, increasing ninefold from 9 million gallons (34 million litres) in 1990 to more than 84 million gallons (317 million litres) today, as farmers squeezed in more harvests and pests became resistant to the poisons. Overall, Argentine farmers apply an estimated 4.3 pounds of agrochemical concentrate per acre, more than twice what US farmers use. (more)

Argentine farmers see green light for more GMO corn to China
29 August 2013 - Argentine farmers expect China to soon approve their one remaining variety of genetically modified corn yet to be certified for import by the commodities-hungry Asian country. Corn growers across Argentina's vast Pampas farm belt want to push quickly into the Chinese market while fellow grain exporter Brazil is stuck on the sidelines, waiting for Beijing to approve its genetically modified corn varieties. China, whose corn market has long been dominated by the United States, allowed its first major Argentine shipment of the grain to enter the country earlier this month. Traders in Buenos Aires said the 60,000-tonne cargo included some corn of the MIR-162 strain, which has not yet gotten approval from Beijing. But apparently not enough, if any, MIR-162 was in the cargo to cause problems with Chinese customs. 'It's called asynchronicity,' said Fabiana Malacarne, biotechnology chief at Argentina's ASA seed industry chamber. 'Importing countries permit a low-level presence of non-approved strains.' (more)

Argentina's gmo soy said to be poisoning the land
14 March 2013 - For much of the past decade Argentina has seen a commodities-driven export boom, built largely on genetically-modified soy bean crops and the aggressive use of pesticides. Argentina's leaders say it has turned the country's economy around, but many say the consequences are a dramatic surge in cancer rates, birth defects, and land theft. (more)

Government food price claims baffle Argentines
17 January 2013 - Six pesos a day. That's all it takes to eat in Argentina, at least according to the government. But on the streets of the capital, 6 pesos doesn't stretch beyond a pack of chewing gum, or a cup of yoghurt, or a single 'alfajor' cookie. Argentina's traditional caramel-and-chocolate treats are tasty, but don't provide what the government calls the 'minimum calories and proteins needed to sustain a moderately active adult.' As the International Monetary Fund moved closer Thursday to sanctioning Argentina for inaccurate inflation data, The Associated Press checked prices in Buenos Aires, and couldn't find a can of soda for less than 8 pesos. The official inflation rate is based in large part on what the national statistics service says is the total cost of 27 items in a basic food basket—a measure of the bare minimum that an extremely poor person needs to consume. Monday's update said that a monthly basket for an indigent family of four cost 719 pesos in December. That works out to 5.99 pesos per day, per person. The IMF has lost patience with these numbers after urging Argentina for years to improve this consumer price index, which lost credibility in 2007 after President Cristina Fernandez's husband and predecessor, Nestor Kirchner, replaced career statisticians with political appointees. IMF experts and Argentine economists have spent months working privately with government officials to recommend very detailed ways to get accurate numbers again, but the government has yet to adopt them. (more)

Monsanto expands GMO in Argentina
2 August 2012 - Global seed giant Monsanto Co expects Argentine corn output to jump more than 40 per cent in the upcoming season thanks to high commodity prices, a new planting schedule, and state support of biotechnology, a company official said. Monsanto -- the world's largest seed company and a developer of genetically engineered corn, soybeans and other crops -- is building a $100 million corn-processing plant in Cordoba province set to open in 2014. Environmental groups have raised concerns about genetically modified, or GMO, foods and have accused agribusiness of pursuing profit without concern for potential environmental hazards and human health. (more)

Corruption scandal hits Argentina's Mothers group
9 June 2011 - The influential rights group Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo is struggling with a corruption scandal that forced it to fire a top executive accused of misusing taxpayer funds meant to build housing for the poor. The scandal could have political consequences with only months to go before the 23 October election. Since 2008, the government has given the Mothers group about $187 million for more than 2,000 housing and related construction sites. Fernanda Reyes, a deputy with the opposition Civic Coalition, said that since 2004, only 35 per cent of housing that should have been built with taxpayer money was actually finished. Sergio Schoklender, the right hand of the Mothers' President, is accused along with his brother Pablo and more than a dozen others of fraud, money laundering, and illegal enrichment. Prosecutor Jorge Di Lello's complaint alleges Schoklender made a series of suspicious operations that shifted taxpayer funds into businesses he owns. (more)


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