6.17.2010

Haiti is Heroic

I read a post today that was very uplifting about Haitians actually destroying hybrid seeds donated to the islanders by Monsanto. I think this is a surprising and heroic action the people of Haiti have taken to stand up for themselves, even in the depths of a catastrophe.

The following information is from the blog of the film "FRESH," which is a new documentary about food politics and the way they effect and are effected by our daily food choices.

 "On June 4th, 10,000 peasant farmers gathered in protest in Haiti to burn over 400 tons of hybrid corn and vegetable seeds donated to the country by Monsanto.  This was a hugely symbolic gesture and one that the rest of the world needs to listen to. Haiti is asking for our help in establishing a local, sustainable food system from the rubble that the country currently lies in.  This is our opportunity to raise our voices in protest against Monsanto’s involvement in the fragile beginnings of true food sovereignty in Haiti."

"This is a country that is used to struggle.  We will fight and have the capacity for resistance, particularly when the threat is to the very fabric of our country.  A large population of Haitians do not yet understand the implications of the relationship with Monsanto, many have never heard of the company before.   The first task is to educate"-Chavannes Jean-Baptiste of the Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP)

If you're interested in this topic as much as I am, I highly encourage you to read the full post at the link above and learn what Haitians plan to do to defend themselves against this biotechnology behemoth.  If they're standing up for organic agriculture and protecting their lands, I don't understand why we can't.

Stay inspired!

Oh, and I urge you to sign this WSPA petition to end the "sport" of bullfighting in Catalonia: 

Actor, producer and writer Ricky Gervais has partnered with WSPA to call for an end to the cruel practice of bullfighting, promoting WSPA's petition and urging tourists to stop supporting such brutality on their travels.
 
"Sometimes the worst kind of cruelty is done in the name of entertainment," says Gervais. "It sickens me to know that people still pay money to see an animal tortured to death. Cultural heritage is no excuse for inflicting such pain on a frightened and confused animal."

The Parliament of Catalonia, Spain, was due to vote on a bullfighting ban on June 9th and over 120,000 people joined in calling on MPs to end this bloody cruelty once and for all. But in a desperate bid to buy time for the pro-bullfighting lobby, the Popular Party of Catalonia (PPC) has used a legal loophole to delay the vote.
But despite this stalling, the vote will take place on July 15th. Gervais urges people worldwide to put pressure on the Catalonian Government in Spain by signing WSPA's petition. Please take a moment to sign the petition so your voice can be heard.

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