A New Earthquake Hits Haiti: Monsanto’s Deadly Gift Of 475 Tons Of Genetically-Modified Seeds

MonsantoBy Fr. Jean-Yves Urfie for the Center for Research on Globalisation:

Haiti’s earthquake on 12 January this year has been a lucky business break for some. The transnational firm Monsanto is offering the country’s farmers a deadly gift of 475 tonnes of genetically-modified (GM) seeds, along with associated fertiliser and pesticides, which will be handed out free by the WINNER project, with the backing of the US embassy in Haiti. Do Haitians know Monsanto made the “Agent Orange” defoliant sprayed over Vietnam by US planes during the war there, poisoning both US soldiers and Vietnamese civilians?

Do Haitians know that these GM seeds have been declared dangerous by many countries? They often come in kits along with a Monsanto herbicide called “Roundup,” which contains glyphosate. In my native Brittany, it has already polluted the water table. But Monsanto insists its product is biodegradable. It is being sued for this by anti-frauid officials in Lyon.

A former employee of Monsanto, Linda Fischer, has just been named to head the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which monitors environmental issues. It’s like giving a cat the job of looking after a mouse’s welfare.

Monsanto has already begun distributing its GM maize seeds around Gonaïves, Kenscoff, Pétionville, Cabaret, Arcahaie, Croix-des-Bouquets and Mirebalais. Soon there will be only Monsanto seeds in Haiti. Then it will be goodbye to farmers’ independence. Monsanto recently invested $550 million in Brazil to manufacture the Roundup herbicide in the northeastern state of Bahia. But the country seems to be fighting back against the firm.

Monsanto is publicising the seeds as a generous gift. But Haitian farmers wishing to use them for future harvests will have to pay royalties to Monsanto. The Monsanto representative in Haiti is Jean- Robert Estimé, who served as foreign minister under the Duvalier family’s 29-year dictatorship.

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  • 5by5

    Great. Because Haiti didn't have enough shit to deal with.

    Somebody get Vananda Shiva on the line – STAT. Farmers there better start conserving seed immediately, or the next disaster to strike that area will be famine and farmer suicides just like in India.

  • mcgibbo

    Someone's always going to make a profit, even charity has now become a capitalist enterprise, as St Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal..”
    Still, I believe this is the world where we nailed God to a cross and broke his legs, nothing surprises me.

    • honu

      We nailed God to a cross like we kill Gods everyday.

      Why is it that just because someone can quote the bible it's given an authority? The bible has been edited for millenia to suit the political climates of their times which calls the substance of it into grave question not to mention any spiritual truths.

      It's time to recognize that all major religions….and even some minor ones are talking about the same thing so let's just rise above the structures and the limitations they provide. In sum, let's all just grow up.

      • mcgibbo

        It hasn't been edited for millenia at all, the dead sea scrolls proved that the previously known oldest copy of Isaiah was pretty close to the version which was found and was around 900 years prior to. There were slight differences but for there to be a 900 year gap between shows that people don't edit it suit their means. It also assumes that the people who were in charge didn't believe in God and were merely using it as an instrument of rule, which is completley retarded considering that early christians couldn't even organise themselves, why would a tribe create a mythical history which portays themselves as slaves?
        Anyway I was just using the quote because I thought it was quite poetic and apt.

  • Anonymous

    It hasn’t been edited for millenia at all, the dead sea scrolls proved that the previously known oldest copy of Isaiah was pretty close to the version which was found and was around 900 years prior to. There were slight differences but for there to be a 900 year gap between shows that people don’t edit it suit their means. It also assumes that the people who were in charge didn’t believe in God and were merely using it as an instrument of rule, which is completley retarded considering that early christians couldn’t even organise themselves, why would a tribe create a mythical history which portays themselves as slaves?
    Anyway I was just using the quote because I thought it was quite poetic and apt.

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