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    Protests against the US agricultural biotechnology giant Monsanto and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal will take place on Friday in Argentina, Peru and Chile, the organizers said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The event will start at 5 p.m local time (20:00 GMT) in various cities across Argentina, including capital Buenos Aires, and at 6 p.m. in the Peruvian capital of Lima and Santiago in Chile.

    Almost 3,000 people have confirmed their attendance on the events’ respective Facebook pages.

    "With the United States as the main driver and with rules tailored to large corporations this treaty clearly violates the sovereignty of people, it allows companies like Monsanto sue countries over not meeting their demands, privatize seeds and obtain control over food," the organizers of the Buenos Aires event said about TPP.

    Founded as a food additive company in 1901, Monsanto has grown to employ 22,000 people across 61 countries and is the world's leading producer of genetically engineered seeds and chemical herbicides.

    A 12-nation TPP pact, the wording of which was agreed between the United States, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and other Pacific Rim nations in October 2015, intends to deregulate trade among its signatories that together make up 40 percent of the world economy.

    The details of the controversial free trade agreement, negotiated in unusual secrecy, have been revealed to the public after almost seven years of discussions. Opponents say the pact would undermine standards and regulations on environmental protection, health and safety, as well as workers’ rights.


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