Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Congressional Letter Against USDA Peanut Dumping in Haiti

The Massachusetts Delegation of Senators and Representatives wrote a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging the State Department to encourage the Department of Agriculture (USDA) not to ship 500 metric tons of peanuts to Haiti. According to the USDA, this shipment of peanuts will be a great help to Haiti during its current hunger crisis. Haitians and advocates, however, recognize the devastating impact this shipment would have, as Haiti already produces its own peanuts and the industry has recovered well since the 2010 earthquake. The Delegation wrote this letter in support of Massachusetts Senator Linda Dorcena Forry’s letter opposing the USDA’s peanut plan.

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May 6, 2016

The Hon. John F. Kerry, Secretary of State
US Department of State
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520

Dear Mr. Secretary:

We write in support of our friend, Massachusetts State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry who wrote to you earlier this month expressing concern about an announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, regarding the proposed shipment of 500 metric tons of surplus peanuts to Haiti. Senator Forry tells us that she spoke on April 12, 2016, with Kenneth H. Merten, Haiti Special Coordinator, and that he understood her concerns. We are grateful that the Department of State responded so promptly to Senator Forry, whom we all respect for her solicitude for Haiti and the Haitian Diaspora, whom we are proud to represent. We urge you to use the wisdom and influence of the Department of State to encourage the Department of Agriculture to reconsider this plan.


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