Following the disaster, Monsanto donated money to the recovery, but it was clear a donation of our products – quality corn and vegetable seeds – could really make a difference in the lives of Haitians.
“Monsanto Donates Corn and Vegetable Seeds to Haiti,” Monsanto.com (2010)
“A new earthquake” is what peasant farmer leader Chavannes Jean-Baptiste of the Peasant Movement of Papay 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.
Beverly Bell, “Haitian Farmers Commit to Burning Monsanto Hybrid Seeds,” Truthout (May 17, 2010)
While these seeds are free initially, Monsanto has intellectual rights to all their seeds and farmers must buy these seeds every year to grow these plants.
Jasmine Greene, “No Monsanto in Haiti,” Care2.com (June, 2010)
People say if farmers don’t want problems from Monsanto, just don’t buy their GMO seeds. Not so simple.
Barbara Peterson, “The Multiple Ways Monsanto is Putting Normal Seeds Out of Reach,” Surviving the Middle Class Crash (February 5, 2009)
Monsanto is trying to create the some addiction it created at home, abroad. Consider that more than 9 out of 10 soybean seeds in the U.S. are linked to Monsanto. It’s the same for cotton and just a little lower for corn.
Sara Novak, “Haitian Farmers Refuse Monsanto’s Seeds and Instead Commit to Burning Them,” Tree Hugger (May 30, 2010)
A seed is a seed.
Mica, “Five Answers on Monsanto’s Haiti Seed Donation,” Beyond the Rows: A Blog by Monsanto (May 20, 2010)