Haitian Farmers Reject and Burn GMO Seeds

In an attempt to backdoor GMO seeds into a new market, Monsanto has taken the opportunity to “donate” hundreds of tons of GMO seeds to Haiti and is calling it an effort to help the people in Haiti with earthquake relief. However, Monsanto’s generosity is being met with skepticism and outright rejection.

Recently, a large group of small farmers burned a symbolic quantity of Monsanto’s donated hybrid corn seed in the central square of the agricultural town of Hinche. A 200,000-member national coalition is encouraging Haiti farmers to burn all Monsanto seeds that have already been distributed, and has called on the government to reject additional shipments.

Peasant leader Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, told IPS News that farmers want to preserve their traditional "organic agriculture that respects the environment and fights against its degradation. We defend native seeds and the rights of peasants on their land." Jean-Batiste also said “Fighting hybrid and GMO seeds is critical to save our diversity and our agriculture” and maintained that a “county has a right to define it own agricultural policies, to grow first for the family and then for local market, to grow healthy food in a way which respects the environment and Mother Earth.”

Another peasant farmer stated, “We have a problem today with Monsanto and all the multinationals who sell seeds. Seeds and water are the common patrimony of humanity."

Monsanto has already donated the first round of what Global Research has referred to as a “new earthquake” and “deadly gift”: 475 tons of genetically modified seeds, along with the accompanying fertilizer and pesticides, whose demand usually increases in proportion to the use of GMO seeds.

The multinational seed giant is known around the world for its aggressive GMO policies. It is also known for intimidating and suing farmers and small agricultural companies it claims have violated its contracts and patents, including farmers whose fields have been contaminated by pollen from someone else's genetically engineered crop or who have had voluntary seed sprout from a previous year’s crop. By 2007 Monsanto had already collected over $21.5 million in judgments in the U.S. alone.

In addition, Monsanto is infamously known for the deaths and health problems that have resulted from its highly toxic herbicide products, most notable of which is Agent Orange. A large number of U.S. Veterans got cancer as a result of exposure to the company's Agent Orange. The Vietnamese government claims that 400,000 of their citizens died or were disabled and 500,000 children were born with birth defects as a result of Agent Orange.

The corn seed product Monsanto donated to Haiti has been treated with the fungicide Maxim XO, while the calypso tomato seeds were treated with thiram. Thiram is a highly toxic chemical, which the EPA examined and deemed to be so dangerous that agricultural workers are now mandated to wear protective clothing when handling them.

While Monsanto is calling the seeds a donation, it isn't hard to see how the company will benefit by getting farmers hooked on a need that only it can supply, as it has done elsewhere around the world – most notably in the U.S. and Canada.

Seed company giants Monsanto, Syngenta, Dupont and Bayer control more than half of the world's seed patents. Monsanto has almost 650 seed patents, most of which are for cotton, corn, and soy. The company also owns almost 30 percent of the share of all the world’s biotechnology research and development.

The world's largest confederation of farmers, Vía Campesina, has called Monsanto one of the "principal enemies of peasant sustainable agriculture and food sovereignty for all peoples.”

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Comments

Anonymous's picture
1

ZedeZ

GOOD for HAITI!!!
Congratulations for speaking out against the most EVIL MAFIA of all times!!!
These DeathSeeds are for one and only purpose: to control the population, by causing illnesses and cancer. It's happening now in south america, and usa.
So what american farmers do ??? nothing. they co-operate for $$$

Anonymous's picture
2

Judyssmile

GMO farming is the worst--the very worst disaster ---to ever hit this planet! We are already eating and drinking more than enough pesticides. Anyone who has done any research at all knows that pesticides increase cancer and other diseases. Our politicians will NOT listen to us! They serve the big corporations.
We must hit them in the wallet. Even though we, the American public, are guinea pigs with seemingly no right to labeling so we can make our own choices, we can still refuse to buy the corn, the soy, the sugar beet sugar, canola, and cottonseed oil.
I am writing to Montana Wheat Co. in my state because they are not polluted yet. I am thanking them for being a non-GMO company; and I am sending them lots of information that I have found through my research. Monsanto treats farmers like they are ignorant dogs. They deceive them into planting their corrupted seeds which require their poisonous herbicides. we must educate people. Power is in numbers. The politicians (at least most of them) don't seem to give a damn! I get terrible reactions when I eat anything containing GMOs. No wonder when you learn what you are eating! No thanks! Judy

Anonymous's picture
3

Steve

Wow!!!
It sounds like a DRUG CARTEL!!!!!
Control and distribute the drug regardless of harm.
It is a CRIME what they are doing to food, the environment, and PEOPLE'S HEALTH!!!!!

"Better Living through Chemistry"......NOOOOOOTTTTT!!!!!

It is the chemicals that are causing the toxicity. It is toxicity that is harmful. The plants absorb that and then you eat it!!!!!
Oh, Great!!! Now I have to buy a FOOD FILTER!!!!!!

And the Hell of it is that you can probably NOT get away from these genetically modified products from these Seed Syndicate companies here in the USA!!!!!

I thought the whole idea behind GMO was to make the plant LESS dependant on fertilizer and pesticides, by making it stronger and more resistant in the first place!!!!!!!!
And yet they give more and more F & P's with their GMO SEEDS?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
Does not make sense that they are strengthening the food, but at ACTUALLY WEAKENING IT!!!!!!!!! Making it more dependent on F & P's.....THEIR PATENTED F & P's for THEIR PATENTED GMO SEEDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GLOBAL BRANDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THE EPA NEEDS TO JUST BAN THEIR CRAP!!!!! And that is the polite word!!!

Anonymous's picture
4

Todd

Excuse me, but WTF?
Isn't the "P" in in EPA supposed to stand for PROTECTION?
Where the freakin' hell is our protection?
The EPA is and has been for years protecting only big business instead of the the PUBLIC whom they were implemented to protect.
FDA, EPA, USDA, are all a sham because they are solely serving corporate interests over the public interest. Stand up now and be heard ! Let's make our government work for us ! After all, we pay their salaries, don't we?

Anonymous's picture
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Tosca Z

Bravo to those Haitian farmers. Unlike most of our farmers, they've obviously done their research, and know that GM food is just another way for certain Western companies to control the world food supply.
Shame on Monsanto for pretending that their toxic 'donation' was intended to help Haiti. Shame on Monsanto of exploiting the hardship and poverty of others to grab control.
Shame on you and the other multinationals who are eroding our diversity and free choice. I feel ashamed for your children and grandchildren who do not realise that their comfortable little lives are built on the misery, poverty and hunger of millions of other little children. I feel ashamed for them when one day they realise that their own countrymen are being fed toxic food because of your greed.
Should politicians do anything to stop GM foods? Of course they should. But most of them probably have fingers in the profit-making pie, as they do in the big profitable pharmaceutical pie and the armaments pie. Don't look for help there.
It's up to us to demand action, to put our votes where they count, to support GM free industries and farms. It's up to us to be willing to pay a little more for healthy food, so that more farmers and small grocers can make a decent living providing it for us.

Anonymous's picture
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Anonymous

Right, things have worked so well for Haiti so far. GM seeds seem to be the least of their worries.

Anonymous's picture
7

Wheaton

Uhh Anonymous 6 I do believe that was kinda the point. Conditions are terrible in Haiti and in the midst of the hardship and turmoil the evil that is Monsanto is trying to take advantage. Cheers to the farmers who even in the face of this trajedy are fighting to maintain their identity and traditional way of life. Not to mention keeping those toxic crops from spreading.

Anonymous's picture
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Anonymous

AUGUST IS NATIONAL "BURN A GMO CROP" MONTH>

GMO CORN AND BEANS BEING POORLY DROUGHT RESISTENT SHOULD GO UP LIKE TINDER BY THEN.

GET YOUR FRIENDS< BUY SOME GAS TORCHES> SHOW SOME GOOD OLD FASHIONED AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY SPIRIT>

SEE YOU IN THE FIELDS

Anonymous's picture
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Anonymous

uh... derp. Looks like your fact checker is not doing his job. The seeds donated were not GMO, just claimed to be by the peasant group in Haiti that opposes Monsanto. The Haitian government declined GM seeds, so Monsanto then sent NON-MODIFIED seeds to Haiti... the same types of seeds that farmers have been using for over a hundred years.

It's nice that you like to commend people for being anti-GMO, but at least commend the right people. These stupid Haitians are telling poor, starving farmers to first BUY the NON-MODIFIED seeds, pretend they are GMOs, and then burn them. How does that help anyone? Don't applaud stupidity and ignorance, but then again, look at the fact checking here.

Anonymous's picture
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applegirl

Uh derp right back at ya. You honestly believe the seeds being provided by Monanto are not modified? Really? REALLY?

The fact is that we KNOW that the seeds were corn hybrids treated with the fungicide Maxim XO and tomato seeds treated with the highly toxic thiram (EBDCs...so dangerous that workers treating the plants have to wear special protective clothing).

But possibly even worse than the GMO is the damage that importing the seeds and food does long term to the Haitian people and their nation. Making them dependants and wards rather than sovereign and independent is NOT helping them.

Supporting local growth, local farming, and local consumption with foods and seeds that are not genetically modified and not drowned in chemicals IS something we should applaud. Another dependant nation covered in patented frakenfoods and controlled by a humongous corporation is NOT....derp

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