Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Monsanto’s Unwelcome Donation

LatinAmerica Press A movement of Haitian farmers and other small-scale producers, have rejected a donation by US agricultural giant Monsanto. The Peasant Movement of Payaye has said it will burn 60,000 sacks of vegetable and corn seeds totaling 475 tons at a value of $4 million that the company donated, in partnership with USAID, following the deadly January earthquake. Other farmers´ groups have long-protested the use of genetically-modified seeds, arguing they threaten the poor nation´s biodiversity. Several thousand farmers and activists marched in Hinche in Central Haiti on June 4 against the donation. Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, leader of the Peasant Movement of Papaye and spokesperson for the National Peasant Movement of the Congress of Papaye, 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 […]

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