JUNE 21 2011 VOTE Various civil groups within Bolivia are petitioning the world for help to stop a proposal recently made by President Evo Morales to the national parliament that would establish a regime for the “control of production, import and marketing of GM products.” Reversing his previous position against GM crops, Morales is apparently now moving towards opening wide the floodgates for the introduction of more GM crops in his country.
Last year, Morales stated publicly his belief that, in his own words, “GM products do much damage.” He added that scientific evidence proves that GM crops are unsafe, and that many will deny or ignore this fact.
But something changed between the time Morales made such statements, and when he introduced the recent draft legislation entitled “the law of the agricultural production community revolution.” Most likely, this change of mind was spurred by pressure from the biotechnology industry, and specifically Monsanto, which currently plants the only GM crops permitted in Bolivia, Roundup-ready soybeans.
Earlier, Belize’s Agriculture and Fisheries Ministry CEO, Gambino Canto confirmed to the local Amandala newspaper that 20 pounds of the seed would be planted under quarantine in six small test plots. He said that the 15 by 20 foot plots would be surrounded by electric fences and under guard during the trial runs, and “should not pose a danger of cross-pollinating other natural cornfields”.
However, according to an Amandala report, after government technical staff, including members of Belize’s Biosafety Council, strongly objected to the tests, Cabinet moved to stop propagation of GM seeds in Belize.
Prime Minister Barrow then announced, on October 5, that all GM corn would be destroyed under government supervision.
However, a Maya villager has since reported that a Mennonite farmer named “Henry” gave him 10 pounds of free corn that he claimed would increase crop yields. Henry instructed the Maya farmer to plant the corn, and said he’d be back to monitor the results.
Amandala also reported that a Mennonite farmer with the first name of Henry was assisting the Ministry of Agriculture in the GM corn planting trials.
PM Barrow says GMO corn seeds will be destroyed Posted: 07/10/2011 - 10:08 AM
Incidentally, the Mennonite farmer of Spanish Lookout who was supposed to help the Ministry of Agriculture with the trial planting of corn is Henry Wolfe, but no one has established whether the “Henry” the Maya farmer spoke of is this same Henry. There is also no indication what seeds have been distributed in Toledo. www.amandala.com.bz/index.php?id=11754
On March 21, the Chilean Transparency Council stood with its citizenry against Monsanto and other global seed corporations to protect Chileans’ right to know about genetically engineered (GE) crops.
The council’s decision ensures that farmers, beekeepers and rural residents can find out exactly where GE crops are planted—basic information that is critically important as they seek to protect their farms, apiaries and families from toxic pesticide drift and contamination by pollen from GE plants.
The mother who stood up to Monsanto in Argentina - 17 Apr 2012 7:55 AM When Sofia Gatica’s 3-day-old daughter died from kidney failure, she didn’t connect it with an environmental problem. It was only as she noticed neighbor after neighbor developing health problems that she started to wonder about the agrochemicals that were being sprayed on the farms nearby.
Endosulfan has been banned in more than 80 countries because it is so toxic to the environment and human health, and it was added last May to the U.N.’s list of persistent organic pollutants to be eliminated globally — but it was permitted for use in Argentina until the Mothers of Ituzaingó’s activism ultimately led to a ban, which is expected to go into effect in 2013.
“Somebody came inside my house with a weapon. I was told not to ‘screw around with the soybeans.’ I would get phone calls where I’d be told that I would only have two children the next day,” she said. Asked if she ever found out who was behind these personal attacks, she said, “I had the police investigate this, but I was told that the file was secret.”
Monsanto Faces $7.5 Billion Payout to Brazilian Farmers June 28th, 2012
In 2009 a group of rural syndicates from Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil's southernmost state, took Monsanto to court, charging that separating GM and non-GM soy was virtually impossible and that therefore the "Monsanto tax" was unjust.
In April 2012 a Rio Grande Do Sul judge ruled that Monsanto's fees were illegal and noted that the Roundup Ready seed patent had already expired in the country. The company was not only ordered to stop collecting the royalty fees but to also return all such fees collected since 2004. Such collected royalties amount to $2 billion.
Monsanto appealed the ruling but was dealt another blow on June 12 when the Brazil Supreme Court decided unanimously that whatever the Rio Grande Do Sul courts rule on this matter should apply to the whole of Brazil. This caused the number of plaintiffs to balloon to five million and the total royalty owed to rise to $7.5 billion.
Can Paraguay Hurt Monsanto and Rio Tinto? By Calla Hummel - October 10, 2012
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In June, the Paraguayan legislature used questionable administrative procedures to impeach President Lugo in 24 hours, in what analysts call a “constitutional coup.” Vice president Frederico Franco, who had withdrawn his support from Lugo prior to impeachment and belongs to a different party, assumed the presidency. President Franco has since used a tenuous agreement with the dominant Colorado party to pass legislation that stalled under Lugo. The Economist and Business Week ["Paraguayan President Federico Franco said Brazil and Argentina will have to accept less hydroelectric energy"] tout the ways in which the Franco administration is developing Paraguay. I argue that many of Franco’s moves look good at first glance but hide big long-term risks for both Paraguayans and multinational companies, particularly Rio Tinto (NYSE: RIO) and Monsanto (NYSE: MON).
What has Franco Done?
Within a few months of taking office, Franco passed the country’s first income tax, resumed stalled negotiations with Rio Tinto over a $4 billion aluminum plant, and approved sales of genetically modified soy beans from Monsanto. The tax is an important if symbolic step; it is expected to affect only the richest 40,000 people. To restart business with Rio Tinto and Monsanto, Franco simply waived required feasibility, environmental impact, and other preliminary regulations.
Post by central Amero on Jul 13, 2014 18:04:58 GMT -8
June 12, 2014 09:06 . As one of the preconditions to authorizing close to $300 million in aid, the United States is pressuring El Salvador to purchase genetically modified seeds from Monsanto instead of non-GM seeds from local farmers. rt.com/usa/165128-us-pressures-salvador-monsanto-gmo/
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