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US, Serving the Interest of Monsanto, Tries to Block El Salvador Seed Program


Business  (tags: Monsanto, corruption of US agencies and officials, abuse of other countries's sovereignty, abuse, americans, corporate, corruption, dishonesty, environment, ethics, farming, government, money, politics, SustainableDevelopment, technology, world )

Betsy
- 183 days ago - earthfirstjournal.org
On June 6 with the signatures of some 1,000 US citizens opposing what the groups called the "intrusion of the US in the sovereign politics of this country." At issue was an indication that the US may withhold millions in agricultural aid from El Salvador.



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Betsy Bee (1042)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 5:32 pm
US may withhold $277 million slated for the second phase of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) aid program if the Salvadoran Agriculture Ministry continues its current practice of buying seeds from small-scale Salvadoran producers for its Family Agriculture Plan. The US organizations—the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES), US–El Salvador Sister Cities, the SHARE Foundation, and Joining Hands El Salvador Network (RUMES)—charged that the US threat was made with clear intentions to advance the interests of transnational agricultural companies, such as Monsanto.

Under the administration of former president Mauricio Funes (2009-2014), the Family Agriculture Plan began distributing “agricultural packets” each year to an average of 350,000 impoverished farmers to encourage the cultivation of food crops. As an additional stimulus for the local rural economy, the Agriculture Ministry has been buying seeds for the packets from small Salvadoran producers rather than the large companies that previously dominated the market, Grupo Fertica and Semillas Cristiani Burkard, the Central American representative of the of the Missouri-based giant multinational Monsanto. The results have been impressive: the production of basic food crops (corn, beans, rice and sorghum) has grown by about one-third and now employs 210,000 of the 770,000 hectares under cultivation in the country. The program has helped hold down prices for basic foods and has contributed to the reduction of poverty.

Monsanto, as other mega multinational corporations, respects of no nation's sovereignty. In Monsanto's case, there is always an effort to undermine sustainable agricultural practices.
 

Roberto M. (55)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 6:25 pm
Wow! I never knew such things went on. Despicable!
Noted. And thank you Betsy Bee!
 

JL A. (276)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 6:28 pm
Sounds like it knows it has such horrid products that only by destroying alternatives and competition can it expect to continue to be profitable so it is in a "no holds barred" mode.
 

B Lewenza (76)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 7:09 pm
Noted and shared The program has helped hold down prices for basic foods and has contributed to the reduction of poverty. Just they don't choose to use Monsanto's poison. Crazy
 

Birgit W. (152)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 7:18 pm
Signed, thanks.
 

Patrick Donovan (319)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 7:50 pm
It is sickening that the US would act on behalf of a corporate pirate to force a poverty program to accept potentially destructive products.
 

Steven G. (25)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 8:10 pm
$277 million - taxpayer money likely slated for bribes. If that doesn't work, allocate more money for the CIA to pull off their underhanded sleazy criminal acts. Here's how it works....
CIA operations follow the same recurring script. First, American business interests abroad are threatened by a popular or democratically elected leader. The people support their leader because he intends to conduct land reform, strengthen unions, redistribute wealth, nationalize foreign-owned industry, and regulate business to protect workers, consumers and the environment. So, on behalf of American business, and often with their help, the CIA mobilizes the opposition. First it identifies right-wing groups within the country (usually the military), and offers them a deal: "We'll put you in power if you maintain a favorable business climate for us." The Agency then hires, trains and works with them to overthrow the existing government (usually a democracy). It uses every trick in the book: propaganda, stuffed ballot boxes, purchased elections, extortion, blackmail, sexual intrigue, false stories about opponents in the local media, infiltration and disruption of opposing political parties, kidnapping, beating, torture, intimidation, economic sabotage, death squads and even assassination. These efforts culminate in a military coup, which installs a right-wing dictator. The CIA trains the dictator’s security apparatus to crack down on the traditional enemies of big business, using interrogation, torture and murder. The victims are said to be "communists," but almost always they are just peasants, liberals, moderates, labor union leaders, political opponents and advocates of free speech and democracy. Widespread human rights abuses follow.
 

Krista Slavin (182)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 8:38 pm
Noted
 

daryl bishop (314)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 9:05 pm
monsanto is the bp of agriculture
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 9:05 pm
Noted. Thanks for the info, Betsy. So, The Empire has spoken. Thanks to Steven G. for his brilliant comment, which added much to this conversation. A massive divestiture from Monsanto stock is in order here....to start with.......Now, how we get our Shadow Empire of alphabet soup to stop their meddling.....
 

AniMae Chi (432)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 10:04 pm
Thank you Betsy
 

Elle B. (82)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 10:13 pm
Ty Betsy . . . and the Magical Market Wands wave on. . .

“The decadent international but individualistic capitalism in the hands of which we found ourselves after the war is not a success. It is not intelligent. It is not beautiful. It is not just. It is not virtuous. And it doesn't deliver the goods.” ― John Maynard Keynes

“International business, once allowed to stalk uncontrolled, killed the local, the small, the quirky.” ― Alexander McCall Smith, Love Over Scotland

“The global economy is a doomsday machine that must be stopped and reprogrammed.” ― Kalle Lasn

''Even our commercial policy should hold an equal and impartial hand: neither seeking nor granting exclusive favors or preferences.'' —Adam Smith, ["Father of Modern Economics"], 1776

"The greed of gain has no time or limit to its capaciousness. Its one object is to produce and consume. It has pity neither for beautiful nature nor for living human beings. It is ruthlessly ready without a moment's hesitation to crush beauty and life out of them, molding them into money." ― Rabindranath Tagore

“A Native American grandfather talking to his young grandson tells the boy he has two wolves inside of him struggling with each other. The first is the wolf of peace, love and kindness. The other wolf is fear, Greed and hatred. "Which wolf will win, grandfather?" asks the young boy. "Whichever one I feed," is the reply.” ―1st Nations

“Stupidity is an elemental force for which no earthquake is a match.” ― Karl Kraus

“Come on, gentleman; let us drink to our stupidity.” ―Santosh Kalwar

 

Giana Peranio-Paz (394)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 10:53 pm
Thanks Betsy.
 

Inge Bjorkman (146)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 11:03 pm
Thanks for taking this action in solidarity with El Salvador's family farmers and against US intervention!

Love
 

Jordan G. (29)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 12:36 am
Outrageous beyond comprehension.
 

Sherri G. (117)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 12:55 am
Noted TY Betsy
 

Zoe and Art Oguyo (290)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 1:36 am
Steven G.: very good description - what will we do to change that system?
 

Nils Anders Lunde (551)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 1:40 am
When it comes to money greedy US leadership (well i want not to call it leadership but rather MANAGEMENT) seat in the fronseat with their fellow greedy european and others in the backseat..........................
 

Heidi Walderra (143)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 2:32 am
noted
 

Arild Warud (169)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 2:57 am
Thanks Betsy.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 2:57 am
Noted, thanks Betsy.
 

Anette S. (23)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 3:47 am
I hope the Salvadoran Agriculture Ministry continues its current practice of buying seeds from small-scale Salvadoran producers for its Family Agriculture Plan for good!

thank you Betsy
 

John Holton (361)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 4:03 am
Noted
 

Gloria picchetti (300)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 5:20 am
Monsanto - a scientific terrorist.
 

Anne P. (251)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 5:35 am
Appalling, but not surprising. Thanks for letting us know, Betsy!
 

Arielle S. (317)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 6:08 am
Disgusting, disgusting, disgusting - this company is indeed a terrorist group and as such should be droned out of existence. I hope El Salvador tells the United States what it can do with its blood money.
 

Michael Kirkby (86)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 6:44 am
Noted & posted. If you can save your own seeds do so. Of course if Monsanto gets in there the pesticides will kill all non Monsanto crops.
 

Terry King (109)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 7:36 am
Monsanto is "Dick Cheney" evil!
 

tasunka m. (337)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 9:12 am
The whole world needs heirloom seeds and quick.
Monsanto is spreading faster than the pests they are supposed to be killing
Thanks Betsy
 

Cathy Aronson (62)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 9:43 am
Every vegetable I grow in my vegetable garden has been grown from seeds passed on to me from my Dad some 50 years ago....would never buy a package of seeds from anyone. Next thing you know, my little vegetable garden will be outlawed by the government because I'm not using "Mono-insane" seeds. Thanks Betsy for sharing this!
 

Angelus Silesius (66)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 9:54 am
The IRS is actually a private Delaware corp. essentially serving as a collection agency for the U.S. government. Corporations run government=-- not the other way around
 

Abo r. (103)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 11:19 am
Noted. Thanks, Betsy.
 

Mitchell D. (132)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 11:26 am
Nils has it right!.
This is how we go around the world, putting our noses where they do not belong, and MAKE ENEMIES of other people; all to support corporate greed.
 

tasunka m. (337)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 11:39 am
Don't feed the bad wolf...I say it all the time
Thanks Elle
 

Edwin M. (356)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 2:03 pm
Thanks, Betsy. If there is one thing I hate more than greedy, corrupt corporations it's the stupid corrupt politicians that do their bidding for them.
 

tasunka m. (337)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 2:48 pm
Lois, on a lighter note you reminded me of a great joke.
"I JUST ATE 4 CAN OF ALPHABET SOUP, AND HAD PROBABLY THE BIGGEST VOWEL MOVEMENT EVER!
 

Gina Caracci (231)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 6:17 pm
people CAN NO LONGER say its not a conspiracy...they need to pull their heads out of their butts and pay attention
 

Christine Stewart (133)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 6:31 pm
Atrocious. Small scale farmers need seeds from plants that are adapted to their part of the country- they don't need GMO seeds that require heavy doses of pesticides and herbicides to produce any food!
 

Lynn Squance (232)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 8:24 pm
Way to go El Salvador!!!!!

How many times do we hear Buy American to keep American jobs? El Salvador has built a plan to keep the jobs and products local, and it works. Additionally, it keeps costs down and reduces poverty. El Salvador is simply buying El Salvadoran. Monsanto IS a terrorist organisation threatening, or at least using the US government to threaten El Salvador.

It is past time to clip Monsanto's wings so it can't fly so high.
 

tasunka m. (337)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 8:58 pm
I'd rather pluck it's feathers so it can't fly at all.
 

Janis K. (107)
Wednesday June 18, 2014, 10:47 pm
Thanks for sharing Betsy.
 

Gene Jacobson (255)
Thursday June 19, 2014, 5:49 am
"The results have been impressive: the production of basic food crops (corn, beans, rice and sorghum) has grown by about one-third and now employs 210,000 of the 770,000 hectares under cultivation in the country. The program has helped hold down prices for basic foods and has contributed to the reduction of poverty."

It is absolutely insane, and if not illegal it should be. Interfering in the internal workings of ANY other government ought be outside the purview of our own. If our experience has taught us nothing else, it should have taught us that. Doing so on behalf of the evil empire of Monsanto is even worse. We buy American, let El Salvador buy El Salvador. Getting in bed with Monsanto will give one myriad diseases and their abhorrent practice of requiring that seeds be purchased every year rather than using harvested seeds as American farms have done since there have been American farms is just anti-everything, including trust. I hope El Salvador makes a holy stink at the UN over this implied blackmail - the world needs to see and hear just how atrocious doing business with the devil really is.
 

Craig Pittman (47)
Saturday June 21, 2014, 5:09 am
More and more with our governments it is 'them and us'. They no longer act in our interests. Our tax dollars are used to buffer corporate profits. The bottom line is that there is no accountability.
 

Michael M. (59)
Sunday June 22, 2014, 10:22 am
Some insightful comments!

Monsanto is large enough/powerfulenough to dictate US government (and of course state governments') policy.
This is because of an implicit doctrine:
economic good is good;
Economies of scale are good;
financial wealth is good;
Financial wealth flowing into the USA is good.

This is a belief held by those who have achieved high social status in a society which determines variable value through social status.

Any society which holds, teaches, the belief that there are hierarchical values, varying in individuals, inexorably trends toward this orientation: that or those of lower (although this is an artificial standard, having to do with perceptions of absolute loss and gain: zero sum thinking) value (which turns out to be mere social status) must or should always be sacrificed for those of higher social status.

Ubercapitalist Dick Cheney thinks this way, , nut-Hitler thought this way,
every corrupt person, whether draining from socialist or any other anonymous society thinks this way.

The question for each of us, is,

Do I think this way?
 
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