How Monsanto And Evangelical Christian Organizations Hijacked The Taxpayer Money Intended For Haiti

only-solution-to-haitiThe Awl has an infuriating exposé detailing how Billy Graham’s evangelical organizations are sucking up U.S. tax dollars intended for Haiti. With the country in tatters and foreign aid flowing, Christian groups such as Graham’s are on a mission to “Christianize” Haiti and wipe out Haitian voodoo culture. Agribusiness behemoth Monsanto is another private player taking advantage of the crisis to expand their empire:

Overall, Haiti has become one of the greatest money laundering operations in history, an island engine turning public funds into private profits.

What’s more, U.S. taxpayer dollars are, against Presidential directive, being funneled from the United States Agency for International Development to Billy Graham’s charities for use in Christian proselytizing—all while building Sarah Palin’s 2012 campaign army.

“At that time, they were not open to the Gospel, and now they are,” said “Festival of Hope” director Sherman Barnette, of the difference in Haiti before and after the earthquake. Our research into the hush-hush tag team efforts of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association and Samaritan’s Purse found millions of USAID dollars going to Samaritan’s Purse aid stations in Haiti. Their mission: a coordinated effort by BGEA chaplains to evangelize to and convert the trapped, weak and suffering.

Monsanto donated tons of corn and vegetable seed to Haitian farmers and has committed to donating hundreds of tons more in the coming months. But these seeds are hybrids, engineered not only so that they cannot naturally reproduce, but to assure Haitian farmers remain in hock to Monsanto in the future. Of this donation, Monsanto had the unbelievable balls to claim “There are no contractual obligations between Haitian farmers and Monsanto since this is a donation.” Responding to whether or not the donated seeds will force farmers to need “additional inputs” (i.e., trademarked Monsanto products), the company said “technically, it can be planted without any additional inputs.”

But here’s the best part. Monsanto added that it contacted NGOs in Haiti and that those organizations will “support farmers with recommendations and resources [including] helping farmers decide whether to use additional inputs (including fertilizer and herbicides).” Two of the NGOs Monsanto identified are the WINNER organization and World Vision, both heavily funded by USAID. This means your tax dollars will be used to purchase any “additional inputs” from Monsanto.

79 Comments on "How Monsanto And Evangelical Christian Organizations Hijacked The Taxpayer Money Intended For Haiti"

  1. WhiteRose | Feb 18, 2011 at 9:37 pm |

    Here is our donation…with a contract… umm I hope they put a big ol voodoo curse on you Monsanto! They are another Katrina….

  2. WhiteRose | Feb 18, 2011 at 5:37 pm |

    Here is our donation…with a contract… umm I hope they put a big ol voodoo curse on you Monsanto! They are another Katrina….

  3. God damn atheists.

  4. God damn atheists.

  5. Ugh…Naomi Klein…you called it. Disaster capitalism it is.

  6. Ugh…Naomi Klein…you called it. Disaster capitalism it is.

  7. Payrollpinky | Feb 18, 2011 at 10:20 pm |

    I Must be blunt, Fuck Monsanto and Fuck Billy Graham. Im all for religious orgs helping people out and if they decide to become that religion than fine. But this shit is unreal! My prediciton, is any farmer not using Monsanto’s seeds will be polluted by thier seeds in some manner (e.g. be it a seed truck drive by, or a Monsanto peeon seeding their farms) end result will be Monsanto coming in saying they own all the farms and they have to use their Roundup Ready bullshit. Then the Hatians will fall ill due to some chemical reaction due to the pestisides in their bodies, since the Hatians aren’t Roundup Ready like us healthy Americans. End Game for Haiti.

  8. Payrollpinky | Feb 18, 2011 at 6:20 pm |

    I Must be blunt, Fuck Monsanto and Fuck Billy Graham. Im all for religious orgs helping people out and if they decide to become that religion than fine. But this shit is unreal! My prediciton, is any farmer not using Monsanto’s seeds will be polluted by thier seeds in some manner (e.g. be it a seed truck drive by, or a Monsanto peeon seeding their farms) end result will be Monsanto coming in saying they own all the farms and they have to use their Roundup Ready bullshit. Then the Hatians will fall ill due to some chemical reaction due to the pestisides in their bodies, since the Hatians aren’t Roundup Ready like us healthy Americans. End Game for Haiti.

  9. mrtastycakes | Feb 18, 2011 at 10:41 pm |

    Statistics on Religion in Haiti:
    100% Catholic
    94% Vodou

    (sorry, old joke)

  10. mrtastycakes | Feb 18, 2011 at 6:41 pm |

    Statistics on Religion in Haiti:
    100% Catholic
    94% Vodou

    (sorry, old joke)

  11. Fucking criminal. Makes me sick to my stomach. All in the name of capital, baby! Nothing else matters!

  12. Fucking criminal. Makes me sick to my stomach. All in the name of capital, baby! Nothing else matters!

  13. justagirl | Feb 18, 2011 at 11:40 pm |

    chrisitanity v. voodoo. a “sticky” situation. lol. get it?!?

  14. justagirl | Feb 18, 2011 at 7:40 pm |

    chrisitanity v. voodoo. a “sticky” situation. lol. get it?!?

  15. Manitoidman | Feb 19, 2011 at 12:26 am |

    I have an idea for a new game-show….it’s called “Lets Hunt and Kill Billy Graham”.
    Any investors interested?

  16. Manitoidman | Feb 18, 2011 at 8:26 pm |

    I have an idea for a new game-show….it’s called “Lets Hunt and Kill Billy Graham”.
    Any investors interested?

    • mrtastycakes | Feb 18, 2011 at 9:16 pm |

      Billy Graham wasn’t in the article.

      I also didn’t believe he was still alive, but I looked it up and he’s 92. In my opinion, that makes the game show a far more hilarious idea, but not a great long-term investment option.

      • Maxwelldog | Feb 19, 2011 at 2:54 pm |

        That organization has been wrestled away from the squirrel preacher, and given to his son…a hard corps christian trying to create a personal wealth.
        Oh well.
        The HRCC has been at it for a few years, now…long enough to fire up three crusades against Jerusalem, murder and pillage the South American and Central American towns and villages, create a vast wealth from the mindless prattle they throw at the world (and expect all to believe)…

        oops…
        I’m “going off” aren’t i?
        Sorry…

      • billy graham is in the first sentence of the article

    • Who Cares | Feb 18, 2011 at 11:05 pm |

      Good job, stealing a Bill Hicks line.

  17. mrtastycakes | Feb 19, 2011 at 1:16 am |

    Billy Graham wasn’t in the article.

    I also didn’t believe he was still alive, but I looked it up and he’s 92. In my opinion, that makes the game show a far more hilarious idea, but not a great long-term investment option.

  18. Who Cares | Feb 19, 2011 at 3:05 am |

    Good job, stealing a Bill Hicks line.

  19. Anonymous | Feb 19, 2011 at 4:40 am |

    Typical more US public relations bullshit, where it is all about looking good rather than being good. Where foreign aid is more of a sham, with money leaving the US treasury than immediately returning as US corporate profits, with fake Christian for profit ministries also cashing in.
    Foreign aid from the US seems to take two forms, a bunch fat military industrial pay checks and pain suffering and death for those supposedly being helped or the foreign aid corporate welfare cash in.

  20. Typical more US public relations bullshit, where it is all about looking good rather than being good. Where foreign aid is more of a sham, with money leaving the US treasury than immediately returning as US corporate profits, with fake Christian for profit ministries also cashing in.
    Foreign aid from the US seems to take two forms, a bunch fat military industrial pay checks and pain suffering and death for those supposedly being helped or the foreign aid corporate welfare cash in.

  21. Paul Panza (who are you) | Feb 19, 2011 at 9:43 am |

    Maybe if we atheists pray real hard, we can make religion, Monsanto and the military go away. Peace at last!

  22. Paul Panza (who are you) | Feb 19, 2011 at 5:43 am |

    Maybe if we atheists pray real hard, we can make religion, Monsanto and the military go away. Peace at last!

  23. WhiteRose | Feb 19, 2011 at 11:07 am |

    Like sticky rice? I thought the Chinese plastic rice took care of that problem?

  24. justagirl | Feb 19, 2011 at 3:01 pm |

    *sigh* no rose. not like sticky rice. try again?

  25. Maybe they will do them another favor and sell them the hybred nicotine insecticides that kill the bees too.

  26. Maybe they will do them another favor and sell them the hybred nicotine insecticides that kill the bees too.

  27. O. Spengler | Feb 19, 2011 at 6:05 pm |

    Monsanto is the IG Farben of the 21st century.

  28. O. Spengler | Feb 19, 2011 at 2:05 pm |

    Monsanto is the IG Farben of the 21st century.

    • Yes,…. the same family controllers are still there!…. Hitler excluded as he was just a stooge!… GJ

  29. Stickysideout | Feb 19, 2011 at 6:53 pm |

    Uncited, Unverified, Untrue, basicaly everything you could possably critisize and article for when it comes to truth is shown here. If you read this and believe it. You are a moron. If you research it and find on an accredited trustworthy cite to be true than by all means go ahead and yell. This is a call for attention with the intent to stir the pot.

  30. Stickysideout | Feb 19, 2011 at 2:53 pm |

    Uncited, Unverified, Untrue, basicaly everything you could possably critisize and article for when it comes to truth is shown here. If you read this and believe it. You are a moron. If you research it and find on an accredited trustworthy cite to be true than by all means go ahead and yell. This is a call for attention with the intent to stir the pot.

    • I am going to use the usual religious response to this one and believe it without question with or with out any proof, and if you do come up with evidence I will ignore it despite tons of proof

  31. Maxwelldog | Feb 19, 2011 at 6:54 pm |

    That organization has been wrestled away from the squirrel preacher, and given to his son…a hard corps christian trying to create a personal wealth.
    Oh well.
    The HRCC has been at it for a few years, now…long enough to fire up three crusades against Jerusalem, murder and pillage the South American and Central American towns and villages, create a vast wealth from the mindless prattle they throw at the world (and expect all to believe)…

    oops…
    I’m “going off” aren’t i?
    Sorry…

  32. billy graham is in the first sentence of the article

  33. DjittyDjitty | Feb 20, 2011 at 3:43 am |

    A pox on that kind of Christianity

  34. DjittyDjitty | Feb 19, 2011 at 11:43 pm |

    A pox on that kind of Christianity

  35. So Evil Monsanto gives the Haitians corn seeds that will actually grow in the soil there.
    Your proposal is to give them organic renewable corn? Lovely thought but they will starve to death waiting for crops. Or they could harvest enough “Monsanto” to feed everybody and then sell the excess corn to purchase seeds for the following year. WOW that sounds awful, Enough to eat? Check, Income? Check. Sustainable lifestyle? Check. I guess you would rather starve them out of principle. Good Call……

  36. So Evil Monsanto gives the Haitians corn seeds that will actually grow in the soil there.
    Your proposal is to give them organic renewable corn? Lovely thought but they will starve to death waiting for crops. Or they could harvest enough “Monsanto” to feed everybody and then sell the excess corn to purchase seeds for the following year. WOW that sounds awful, Enough to eat? Check, Income? Check. Sustainable lifestyle? Check. I guess you would rather starve them out of principle. Good Call……

    • There are plenty of food crops that grow well in Haiti. Unfortunately much of the land is used by corporations for more profitable cash crops. “Corn” that they have to buy every year from Monsanto won’t give the Haitians a balanced diet or a sustainable lifestyle, and most of the income will eventually go to Monsanto.

      • Mikeenglund2 | Feb 20, 2011 at 8:00 pm |

        What corporations “own” land in Haiti, How much land. What other food crops grow in Haiti? Land ownership in Haiti is very difficult. There are no mortgages, Very little government documentation of land ownership. Most properties don’t have an ownership deed. So you want Monsanto to provide a balanced diet for an entire country out of the goodness of their heart. Haiti is actively seeking foreign investments and facilities to employ more of the population. I’m sure if you were starving and was offered food you would not turn it down because it doesn’t provide a balanced diet. Corn is better than dirt cakes.
        http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/01/080130-AP-haiti-eatin.html

        • You like to make up arguments and put them in other people’s mouths, don’t you? I never said Monsanto should give the Haitians a balanced diet, I said Monsanto’s sterile, copyrighted “corn” will do more harm than good.

          Crops that can grow in Haiti: beans, bananas, mangoes, some citrus, avocados, pineapples, watermelons, almonds, coconut, okra, peanuts, tomatoes. All these can feed Haitians, and reproduce to feed more Haitians without having to buy anything from Monsanto.

          I misspoke regarding land ownership in Haiti: The few rich Haitian families that own most everything and control their government are the problem, not a lack of corn, and especially not a lack of corn that can’t reproduce.

          • You said “”Corn” that they have to buy every year from Monsanto won’t give the Haitians a balanced diet or a sustainable lifestyle, and most of the income will eventually go to Monsanto.”

            What do you mean then?

        • Wait a minute, I may have retracted a bit too soon regarding corporations in Haiti. This is from 2003 so things may have changed, but it shows corporations have forced out farmers in the recent past: http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/43a/458.html

        • Patrick Naullty | Mar 1, 2011 at 6:09 pm |

          come on! monsanto are monsanto are…..

  37. Manitoidhunter | Feb 20, 2011 at 1:45 pm |

    This article contains no substance. It’s just ranting and with no real facts nor proof to substantiate the claim. Worse yet, the comments are written by a bunch of uneducated 15 year olds blogging while waiting for the next game of COD to load.

  38. Manitoidhunter | Feb 20, 2011 at 9:45 am |

    This article contains no substance. It’s just ranting and with no real facts nor proof to substantiate the claim. Worse yet, the comments are written by a bunch of uneducated 15 year olds blogging while waiting for the next game of COD to load.

  39. Dukedevil914 | Feb 20, 2011 at 6:55 pm |

    Isn’t always shocking how soulless some people can be? especially when trying to tell others how to be moral.

  40. Dukedevil914 | Feb 20, 2011 at 2:55 pm |

    Isn’t always shocking how soulless some people can be? especially when trying to tell others how to be moral.

  41. They’ve made a game about a Certificate of Deposit?

  42. I am going to use the usual religious response to this one and believe it without question with or with out any proof, and if you do come up with evidence I will ignore it despite tons of proof

  43. There are plenty of food crops that grow well in Haiti. Unfortunately much of the land is used by corporations for more profitable cash crops. “Corn” that they have to buy every year from Monsanto won’t give the Haitians a balanced diet or a sustainable lifestyle, and most of the income will eventually go to Monsanto.

  44. Mikeenglund2 | Feb 21, 2011 at 12:00 am |

    What corporations “own” land in Haiti, How much land. What other food crops grow in Haiti? Land ownership in Haiti is very difficult. There are no mortgages, Very little government documentation of land ownership. Most properties don’t have an ownership deed. So you want Monsanto to provide a balanced diet for an entire country out of the goodness of their heart. Haiti is actively seeking foreign investments and facilities to employ more of the population. I’m sure if you were starving and was offered food you would not turn it down because it doesn’t provide a balanced diet. Corn is better than dirt cakes.
    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/01/080130-AP-haiti-eatin.html

  45. You like to make up arguments and put them in other people’s mouths, don’t you? I never said Monsanto should give the Haitians a balanced diet, I said Monsanto’s sterile, copyrighted “corn” will do more harm than good.

    Crops that can grow in Haiti: beans, bananas, mangoes, some citrus, avocados, pineapples, watermelons, almonds, coconut, okra, peanuts, tomatoes. All these can feed Haitians, and reproduce to feed more Haitians without having to buy anything from Monsanto.

    I misspoke regarding land ownership in Haiti: The few rich Haitian families that own most everything and control their government are the problem, not a lack of corn, and especially not a lack of corn that can’t reproduce.

  46. You like to make up arguments and put them in other people’s mouths, don’t you? I never said Monsanto should give the Haitians a balanced diet, I said Monsanto’s sterile, copyrighted “corn” will do more harm than good.

    Crops that can grow in Haiti: beans, bananas, mangoes, some citrus, avocados, pineapples, watermelons, almonds, coconut, okra, peanuts, tomatoes. All these can feed Haitians, and reproduce to feed more Haitians without having to buy anything from Monsanto.

    I misspoke regarding land ownership in Haiti: The few rich Haitian families that own most everything and control their government are the problem, not a lack of corn, and especially not a lack of corn that can’t reproduce.

  47. Wait a minute, I may have retracted a bit too soon regarding corporations in Haiti. This is from 2003 so things may have changed, but it shows corporations have forced out farmers in the recent past: http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/43a/458.html

  48. You said “”Corn” that they have to buy every year from Monsanto won’t give the Haitians a balanced diet or a sustainable lifestyle, and most of the income will eventually go to Monsanto.”

    What do you mean then?

  49. You said “”Corn” that they have to buy every year from Monsanto won’t give the Haitians a balanced diet or a sustainable lifestyle, and most of the income will eventually go to Monsanto.”

    What do you mean then?

  50. You said “”Corn” that they have to buy every year from Monsanto won’t give the Haitians a balanced diet or a sustainable lifestyle, and most of the income will eventually go to Monsanto.”

    What do you mean then?

  51. You said “”Corn” that they have to buy every year from Monsanto won’t give the Haitians a balanced diet or a sustainable lifestyle, and most of the income will eventually go to Monsanto.”

    What do you mean then?

  52. You said “”Corn” that they have to buy every year from Monsanto won’t give the Haitians a balanced diet or a sustainable lifestyle, and most of the income will eventually go to Monsanto.”

    What do you mean then?

  53. You said “”Corn” that they have to buy every year from Monsanto won’t give the Haitians a balanced diet or a sustainable lifestyle, and most of the income will eventually go to Monsanto.”

    What do you mean then?

  54. My family has supported children in Africa for 25 years thru World Vision.
    To our distain we obtained information that World Vision was, thru its influence in Africa, affiliated with Monsanto to allow Monsanto a opening into Africa for its controlled seed and pesticide agenda.
    We have, in protest to WVision, terminated our sponsorship.
    This is sad indeed as the West have to cease raping these people for profit…. GJ

  55. My family has supported children in Africa for 25 years thru World Vision.
    To our distain we obtained information that World Vision was, thru its influence in Africa, affiliated with Monsanto to allow Monsanto a opening into Africa for its controlled seed and pesticide agenda.
    We have, in protest to WVision, terminated our sponsorship.
    This is sad indeed as the West have to cease raping these people for profit…. GJ

  56. You are DEAD right

  57. GE food is killing lab rats…. you should keep eating!….. GJ

  58. Yes,…. the same family controllers are still there!…. Hitler excluded as he was just a stooge!… GJ

  59. Patrick Naullty | Mar 1, 2011 at 10:09 pm |

    come on! monsanto are monsanto are…..

  60. Alexandra | Aug 21, 2011 at 4:04 pm |

    hmm, I agree that Monsanto is doing bad things and am concerned about hybrid seeds’ impact on ecologies and cultures.  I just did a brief internet search on “World Vision” + “permaculture” and found that the organization does some agricultural projects with permaculture in other parts of the world (Australia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Ecuador).  I tend to think of permaculture as the opposite of industrial agriculture.  So I am wondering why World Vision has implemented successful permaculture projects in the past but is pursuing hybrid seeds in Haiti?

  61. Alexandra | Aug 21, 2011 at 4:04 pm |

    hmm, I agree that Monsanto is doing bad things and am concerned about hybrid seeds’ impact on ecologies and cultures.  I just did a brief internet search on “World Vision” + “permaculture” and found that the organization does some agricultural projects with permaculture in other parts of the world (Australia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Ecuador).  I tend to think of permaculture as the opposite of industrial agriculture.  So I am wondering why World Vision has implemented successful permaculture projects in the past but is pursuing hybrid seeds in Haiti?

  62. Alexandra | Aug 21, 2011 at 12:04 pm |

    hmm, I agree that Monsanto is doing bad things and am concerned about hybrid seeds’ impact on ecologies and cultures.  I just did a brief internet search on “World Vision” + “permaculture” and found that the organization does some agricultural projects with permaculture in other parts of the world (Australia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Ecuador).  I tend to think of permaculture as the opposite of industrial agriculture.  So I am wondering why World Vision has implemented successful permaculture projects in the past but is pursuing hybrid seeds in Haiti?

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