Haiti : Haitian Farmers reject Monsanto "demon" seeds

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Haitian Farmers Commit to Burning Monsanto Hybrid Seeds
Tuesday 18 May 2010

by: Beverly Bell, t r u t h o u t | Report


Jonas Deronzil from Verrettes has been farming since 1974. Like small producers throughout Haiti, his meager income from corn, rice and beans is threatened by new competition from Monsanto. (Photo: Beverly Bell)
"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 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 GMOs seeds. In an email exchange, a Monsanto representative assured the Ministry of Agriculture that the seeds being donated are not GMOs.


http://www.truthout.org/haitian-farmers-commit-burning-monsanto-hybrid-seeds59616


Some info about Monanto
http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-world-according-to-monsanto/
 

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I can't blame them. Beware of GM foods! I know they are suppose to be more hardy and resistant to plights to devastate crops, and that's good. But GM foods can take over and wipe out ordinary non-GM foods and that's is seriously bad.

It's almost too late for us here in America, our government doesn't care. Not only are we eating GM foods, but they've allowed cloned meat into the system as well. They are gonna fug us all up. If you have a pig ear growing out of your head with corn attached, you now know why.

SAVE YOURSELVES! DON'T TAKE ANY OF AMERICA'S SEEDS!

And don't take any cow or monkey meat from Europe. They got good seeds tho - their government cares about them.


On the brighter side, that pig ear with the corn that is growing out of your head? - that's about 2 food groups, so chop it off and eat it up :wink:
 

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Haitian Farmers Commit to Burning Monsanto Hybrid Seeds
Tuesday 18 May 2010

by: Beverly Bell, t r u t h o u t | Report


Jonas Deronzil from Verrettes has been farming since 1974. Like small producers throughout Haiti, his meager income from corn, rice and beans is threatened by new competition from Monsanto. (Photo: Beverly Bell)
"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 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 GMOs seeds. In an email exchange, a Monsanto representative assured the Ministry of Agriculture that the seeds being donated are not GMOs.


http://www.truthout.org/haitian-farmers-commit-burning-monsanto-hybrid-seeds59616


Some info about Monanto
http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-world-according-to-monsanto/

Monsanto may be (partially) truthful when they say their seeds aren't Round-up ready, but the seeds from that first crop will be. In other words, the seeds they send will grow without fertilizer, but if you tried to take the seeds from that crop and replant them the next year, the only way they would ever grow is if you sprayed them with Round-Up fertilizer and pesticides, otherwise they would just die. I think they're called Suicide Seeds, or something to that effect. There are several documentaries online about the damage Monsanto is doing to the world's food supply.

The U.S. is one of the only countries that allows this crap to be part of it's people's food supply.

Google "The Future of Food". Scary stuff.
 

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Research Links Genetically Modified Food To Long Term Sterility

A new study done by Russian scientists suggests that Genetically Modified Food may cause long term sterility, that is, sterility in second and third generations. The scientists used hamsters for this research and divided them into groups. One group of hamsters was fed a normal diet without any soy products, a second group was fed non-GMO (genetically modified organism) soy, the third ate GM soy and the fourth group was fed an even higher amount of GM soy than the third.

Each group produced about seven to eight litters of baby hamsters each without any problems. But when the researchers selected new breeding pairs from the offspring, the second generation had a slower growth rate and reached their sexual maturity later than normal. They also had a mortality rate, five times higher than the hamsters who didn’t eat soy. Even more shocking was the fact that nearly all of the third generation GM soy eating hamsters were sterile and also experienced hair growing inside their mouths.



http://www.psfk.com/2010/06/research-links-genetically-modified-food-to-long-term-sterility.html
 

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So what do we do to help ourselves? Is personal gardens the answer? I also want to add this.....

Reaching Puberty Early
JUST AFTER MY DAUGHTER TURNED 7, she came to me and nervously announced that she had bumps on her chest. I felt beneath her nipples, and, indeed, there were prominent, hard lumps....

Why was I so alarmed about my Black daughter starting puberty at the age of 7? ...I was afraid of the prospect of my child dealing with sexuality at such a young age. My fear increased as I found studies showing a litany of social risks for girls who mature early: poor self-esteem, increased depression, early sexual intercourse and increased drug and alcohol use and abuse. Most worrisome to me were the increased health risks associated with early puberty: breast cancer, type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease and polycystic ovarian syndrome. Early-maturing girls reach their adult height early, and if this occurs by age 12, they have a significant risk of getting a very aggressive form of breast cancer.

When I began looking into environmental causes, however, a clearer picture began forming.... “The Falling Age of Puberty in U.S. Girls” considers early puberty to be “an ecological disorder” resulting from a complex web of environmental influences. Pollutants, plastics and chemicals may be the hidden causes of early puberty in girls, and Black girls seem to be more vulnerable.

...Polycarbonate plastics are made hard and durable by bisphenol A, or BPA, one of the most abundant synthetic chemicals nowadays. More than six billion pounds of BPA are produced in the United States each year. It is in so many products that it is impossible to name them all, but they include dental sealants and fillings, some food containers, 80 percent of food can liners and many water bottles. A 2008 report by the Centers for Disease Control showed that 93 percent of people randomly tested had BPA in their urine, but the highest levels were found in Blacks, women, young children and poor people.

Another group of synthetic chemicals, used to make plastic flexible, has been linked to early breast budding in girls. These chemicals, called phthalates, are used to make polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, which is what many water pipes are made of. They’re also found in food wrappings, the lining of cardboard boxes that hold liquid or fatty foods, medical tubing, time-release capsules, kids’ toys, insect repellents and countless personal care products. This last category includes shampoo, lotions and deodorants.....Another way we’re exposed to hormones is through our diet. There are six sex and growth hormones permitted by the Food and Drug Administration in commercial beef cattle. When people eat beef, they are adding these hormones to their systems.

Black people suffer disproportionately compared with whites in health in the United States, and very early puberty in Black girls joins this alarmingly long list. Every risk factor for early puberty affects Black girls more than white girls.
 

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It is in so many products that it is impossible to name them all, but they include dental sealants and fillings, some food containers, 80 percent of food can liners and many water bottles. A 2008 report by the Centers for Disease Control showed that 93 percent of people randomly tested had BPA in their urine, but the highest levels were found in Blacks, women, young children and poor people.

Another group of synthetic chemicals, used to make plastic flexible, has been linked to early breast budding in girls. These chemicals, called phthalates, are used to make polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, which is what many water pipes are made of. They’re also found in food wrappings, the lining of cardboard boxes that hold liquid or fatty foods, medical tubing, time-release capsules, kids’ toys, insect repellents and countless personal care products. This last category includes shampoo, lotions and deodorants.....Another way we’re exposed to hormones is through our diet. There are six sex and growth hormones permitted by the Food and Drug Administration in commercial beef cattle. When people eat beef, they are adding these hormones to their systems.

Black people suffer disproportionately compared with whites in health in the United States, and very early puberty in Black girls joins this alarmingly long list. Every risk factor for early puberty affects Black girls more than white girls.

Why are we ALWAYS the ones disproportionately effected? I mean don't middle and upper class white people get dental fillings, drink water from plastic bottles, play with plastic toys, eat beef, use shampoos, lotions and deodorant?
 

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Why are we ALWAYS the ones disproportionately effected? I mean don't middle and upper class white people get dental fillings, drink water from plastic bottles, play with plastic toys, eat beef, use shampoos, lotions and deodorant?
That's what I was wondering too. I guess it has something to do with that melanin thing folks on this board keep talking about. So how UN-melanated does one have to be to be unaffected or not affected as much?
 

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Why are we ALWAYS the ones disproportionately effected? I mean don't middle and upper class white people get dental fillings, drink water from plastic bottles, play with plastic toys, eat beef, use shampoos, lotions and deodorant?
yes they sure do.....
 

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