RTRS

The Development Model for Soy in Paraguay

The Development Model for Soy in Paraguay - Irresponsible, Unsustainable and Anti-Democratic
Asuncion, August 2006

The role of large scale soy production in the destruction of land, water, communities and ecosystems in Paraguay.

Indigenous Peoples' and peasant Farmers' organisations, community associations and other civil society groups in Paraguay who are signatories to this Declaration categorically reject the raw material export development model which has been condemned worldwide because of the environmental devastation it causes.
In particular, we reject large scale soy production which uses massive amounts of agro-chemicals, pesticides and genetically modified organisms, plunders our natural and cultural heritage, excludes and evicts communities from their land, concentrates power and decision-making about our national economy into the hands of a few, and thus undermines the sovereignty of our nation and its peoples and communities.

What is the 'Round Table on Responsible Soy' and it's history

In order to address the problems created by the production of commodities like palmoil, sugar cane and soy, WWF initiated various Round Table processes, mainly between NGOs and industry. These initiatives have met with a lot of reservation or outright opposition from other parts of civil society in producer countries. Notably the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS)has sparked a lot of debate. Can large scale grown commodities like soy, or palm oil, be called 'sustainable' or even 'responsible'?

WWF may argue that "Industry creates the problem, and therefore also has to be part of the solution" - many see that differently. MOCASE (Via Campesina Argentina) for example, portrays the situation in the Argentinean countryside as a 'war' between two production models: small scale farming versus large scale soy plantations.

The three RTRS conferences that have been held so far triggered counterevents and demonstrations.

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