Haitian peasants march to keep out Monsanto

Who doesn't love a good stickin'-it-to-the-man story? Obviously Monsanto's not thrilled as their act of "good will" and "humanitarian" relief is being rejected. But, seriously, how cool is this: 


Hinche, Haiti– An estimated 10,000 peasants gathered for a massive march in Central Haiti on June 4, 2010, to protest what has been described as “the next earthquake for Haiti” – a donation of 475 tons of hybrid corn seeds and vegetable seeds by the US-based agribusiness giant Monsanto, in partnership with USAID. While this move comes at a time of dire need in Haiti, many feel it will undermine rather than bolster the country’s food security...According to Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, leader of the Peasant Movement of Papaye (MPP) and spokesperson for the National Peasant Movement of the Congress of Papaye (MPNKP), the entry of Monsanto seeds into Haiti is "a very strong attack on small agriculture, on farmers, on biodiversity, on Creole seeds... and on what is left our environment in Haiti."
Click here to read the full press release from La Via Compensia: International Peasant Movement.
Hopefully you're inspired by courage of the Haitian farmers and citizens. We, in the U.S., face Monsanto's influence everyday. In the next 48 hours, we can stop Monsanto's GMO Alfalfa. Click here to tell your congressmen (and your friends) to sign a letter and join in asking Secretary Tom Vilsack to maintain the ban on Monsanto's genetically-modified Roundup Ready™ alfalfa, via Food Democracy Now