Haitian Farmers Commit to Burning Monsanto Hybrid Seeds

GMOBeverly Bell, Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, writing for Huffington Post:

“A new earthquake” is what peasant farmer leader Chavannes Jean-Baptiste of the Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP) called the news that Monsanto will be donating 60,000 seed sacks (475 tons) of hybrid corn seeds and vegetable seeds, some of them treated with highly toxic pesticides. The MPP has committed to burning Monsanto’s seeds, and has called for a march to protest the corporation’s presence in Haiti on June 4, for World Environment Day.

In an open letter sent of May 14, Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, the Executive Director of MPP and the spokesperson for the National Peasant Movement of the Congress of Papay (MPNKP), called the entry of Monsanto seeds into Haiti “a very strong attack on small agriculture, on farmers, on biodiversity, on Creole seeds…, and on what is left our environment in Haiti.”[1] Haitian social movements have been vocal in their opposition to agribusiness imports of seeds and food, which undermines local production with local seed stocks. They have expressed special concern about the import of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

For now, without a law regulating the use of GMOs in Haiti, the Ministry of Agriculture rejected Monsanto’s offer of Roundup Ready GMO seeds. In an email exchange, a Monsanto representative assured the Ministry of Agriculture that the seeds being donated are not GMO.

Elizabeth Vancil, Monsanto’s Director of Development Initiatives, called the news that the Haitian Ministry of Agriculture approved the donation “a fabulous Easter gift” in an April email.[2] Monsanto is known for aggressively pushing seeds, especially GMO seeds, in both the global North and South, including through highly restrictive technology agreements with farmers who are not always made fully aware of what they are signing. According to interviews by this writer with representatives of Mexican small farmer organizations, they then find themselves forced to buy Monsanto seeds each year, under conditions they find onerous and at costs they sometimes cannot afford…

[continues at Huffington Post]

8 Comments on "Haitian Farmers Commit to Burning Monsanto Hybrid Seeds"

  1. Monsanto was given the award of least ethical company not too long ago. If I was them, I would want nothing to do with them. Very likely Monsanto would end up bribing some politicians so everything is Monsanto seed, and then, trying to grow anything that doesn't have some sort of Monsanto trace is impossible (cross pollinating), unless there's none of that kind. So then Monsanto would sue them for trying to grow their “seeds” without paying.. yeah. Burning those seeds sounds like a great idea.

  2. Anything by Monsanto should be burned including their headquarters and their research. While extreme leftists will sometimes say corporations are evil, I need to see evidence to make a charge like that. Even companies that F up occasionally I wouldn't necessarily call evil but Monsanto? Slap that label on 'em. Monsanto absolutely has zero value to society. Not one danged product. And trying to corner the market on food production in this country is more than enough reason to wish the worst for Monsanto not to mention the destruction to the envrionment with their shitty pesticides and other chemicals.

    Monsanto is not the only one. The government and HAARP. Almost if not more scary than Monsanto.

  3. Various Creatures | May 20, 2010 at 10:46 am |

    “Very likely Monsanto would end up bribing some politicians”
    Hunny they've already infiltrated the American Government…


  4. Word Eater | May 20, 2010 at 1:37 pm |

    Well, shit. It only takes one surviving seed to germinate before Monsanto starts coming around and suing people.
    Actually, it only takes the speculation that a Monsanto seed may have germinated to shut you down.

  5. hunter349 | May 20, 2010 at 2:09 pm |

    Good for them. It's nice to see that some countries may not live entirely on all the pro corporation propaganda that we are.

  6. Smart folk! Off the corporatist hook, fast and easy! Keeps God's gardens clean. Pleases Mother Nature too! Best damn thing they ever did! Monsanto and evil spreader foe Corporatism, the cancer of Democracy and killer of the U.S.A. Google, Torrent, the movie “Who Killed The Electric Car”. Study it well. America destroyed by the Corporatist movement, Capitalism's close and cancerous cousin! Beware American! this cancer is supported by your subconscious propaganda and you have an incurable disease save for large doses of Socialism Obama style!

  7. wish someone would help those brown people. Monsant’s about to slaughter them all underhandedly.

  8. wish someone would help those brown people. Monsant's about to slaughter them all underhandedly.

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