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Beverly Bell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452123

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452123.001.0001

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Monsanto Seeds, Miami Rice

Monsanto Seeds, Miami Rice

The Politics of Food Aid and Trade

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Fault Lines

Beverly Bell

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the politics of food aid and trade in Haiti after the earthquake. On June 4, 2010, thousands of peasant producers marched down kilometers of dirt road in the Central Plateau farm belt to simultaneously celebrate World Environment Day and protest a recent donation of Monsanto seeds. A few months prior, the Ministry of Agriculture had given Monsanto permission to donate 505 tons of hybrid corn and vegetable seeds, some of which were treated with a chemical fungicide so toxic that the Environmental and Protection Agency banned its purchase for home use in the United States. This chapter considers the reasons why Haitian peasants are opposing the Monsanto hybrid seeds as well as rice imports from the United States.

Keywords:   politics, food aid, trade, Haiti, Monsanto, agriculture, United States, peasants, hybrid seeds, rice

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