Peasant Movements, Land Conflicts, Genetically Modified Crops, Environmental Damage, Argentina


In the last two years, four activists of peasant and indigenous organizations have died in the context of land conflicts in Northern Argentina. This article examines the expansion of genetically modified soybeans and the political alliances of national and provincial governments to understand these events. The focus is put on the recent killing of a peasant activist in the province of Santiago del Estero, the media coverage of this event, and the reactions of popular organizations. The case represents an example of the “dark side of the boom” of the recent expansion of agribusiness in South America.