Is the Seed donated by Monsanto to Haiti Safe?

According to the news media, Monsanto, a U.S. agriculture giant is donating $4 million worth of seeds to Haiti following the earthquake.


There are rumors stating that these seeds are deadly and will do harm to the Haitian people. According to the critic, thirteen buffalo grazed on Monsanto corn stalk after harvest and all thirteen buffalo died in three days, pigs will not eat Monsanto corn.

The first 60 tons of the 475-ton donation of seeds arrived in Haiti last week. That shipment consisted of corn and vegetable seeds. Upcoming seed shipments will also include cabbage, carrot, eggplant, melon, onion, tomato, spinach and watermelon.

Monsanto said Friday the Haitian Ministry of Agriculture has approved the donation, ensuring the selected seeds are appropriate for Haitian growing conditions and farming practices.

Many Haitian have been vocal in their opposition to agribusiness imports of seeds and food or genetically modified organisms, which undermines local production with local seed stocks. They have expressed special concern about the import of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

In an open letter sent of 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."

Your opinion is important. What do you think about this new seed donated by Monsanto to Haiti?

What do you know about the safety of the product?

Is the Haitian Government in a position to determine whether or not the seed donated by Monsanto is good and safe for Haitian consumption?

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