posted on Jun, 11 2014 @ 11:47 AM
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.
According to Sustainable Pulse, a website covering developments related to genetically modified organisms and sustainable agriculture, the US will
reportedly withhold $277 million in aid through the Millennium Challenge Compact if El Salvador refuses to purchase GM seeds from the biotech company
This is another example of how corporations, especially Monsanto, influence US policies both domestically and abroad.
It's their money and they can do what they want with it (it's not like the tax payers have any say in the matter) but their wording for the reason of
withholding these funds is deceptive (in my opinion). They categorize it as "economic and environmental reform".
The website states that the stalled aid package was originally put on hold in late 2013, when it was revealed that Millennium Challenge
Corporation would not deliver funds to the country unless “specific” economic and environmental reforms were made. Apparently, one of those is
related to the purchase of GMO seeds.
I find it odd to say the least that an ex lawyer for Monsanto currently holds a seat on the US Supreme Court, could this be be mere coincidence? There
are many other connections between US Politics and Monsanto as this venn diagram illustrates from
great thread by Jason88.
El Salvador doesn't seem too pleased, can you blame them?
Speaking with Verdad Digital, however, the president of the El Salvadoran Center for Appropriate Technologies (CESTA) criticized the US
negotiating position and said the country should back away from its demand.
“I would like to tell the U.S. Ambassador to stop pressuring the Government (of El Salvador) to buy ‘improved’ GM seeds,” CESTA president
Ricardo Navarro said, adding that the move would hurt the local economy and only benefit US companies.
Navarro specifically singled out Monsanto for criticism as well, saying, “There is a harmful corporation on the planet called Monsanto … it is
truly disturbing that the U.S. is trying to promote them.”
"Sure we'll help ya, as long as you promise to use Monsanto seeds and all the wonderful things that they bring"
Great marketing technique if you ask me!
Remember, please attack the content, not the source (RT).
edit on 6/11/2014 by Corruption Exposed because: (no reason given)