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Monsanto’s 475-ton seed donation challenged by Haitian peasants
Source: The Catholic Review
WASHINGTON - Advocates for Haitian peasants said a U.S.-based company’s donation of up to 475 tons of hybrid vegetable seeds to aid Haitian farmers will harm the island-nation’s agriculture.
The advocates contend the donation is being made in an effort to shift farmer dependence from local seed to more expensive hybrid varieties shipped from overseas.
Haitian farmers and small growers traditionally save seed from season to season or buy the seed they desire from traditional seed markets.