Thursday, August 7, 2014

US Coerces El Salvador to Buy GMO Seeds, Farmers Push Back

The Natural Society reported the U.S. would only disperse a $277 million aid package to El Salvador if stipulations included buying genetically modified seeds from Monsanto. 

Local farmers and several farmers’ associations across the country strongly oppose the agriculture regulation, preferring to source their seeds locally, according to Natural Society.

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Natural Society reports that one such farmer, Manuel Cortez, said, “We have lived with these inferior transnational seeds that previous governments have promoted, and our market was saturated with them. It seems as if the United States doesn’t support local production of seed.”

According to Natural Society, the opposition to give in to buying GM seeds may be successful in getting the aid package to exclude that requirement.

Read the full story here.

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