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Old 07-17-2010, 01:52 AM   #1
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“Almost all of the country’s problems—natural disasters, food shortages, poverty—can be traced back to rampant deforestation,” says Ethan Budiansky, the Caribbean-programs officer at Trees for the Future, a nonprofit group that is planting thousands of trees in the mountains around Gonaďves.
What Haiti Really Needs Now: More Trees - Newsweek

This is a really good article about Haiti's profound problems that predate the January 2010 earthquake. It talks about the deforestation that occurred from agriculture and making charcoal for fuel, and the population movement to the cities.

If you look at satellite maps of Haiti and zoom in on the border with the Domincan Republic, the difference is stark - in some areas, the Haitian side of the road is barren and treeless and the Dominican side is forested. I'll try to embed a map link tomorrow.

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Old 07-17-2010, 10:45 PM   #2
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They had a lot of erosion problems the last time I was there. It's probably 10x worse now but if they keep up the good work planting trees.... they'll be that much better for the long haul. You know Haiti told Monsanto to ram their gift of seeds up their rears right, The Haitian Blogger: Monsanto seeds in Haiti: Haitian farmers' epic struggle for survival? "The hybrid seeds create the need for water and fungicides that cost more than locals can afford. The price of the seeds as well as shipping will also ultimately likely cost more than Haitian farmers can afford." You might want to read more about what Monsanto tried to "gift" to them at that link. I think Haiti might be on its way toward a sustainable future if they keep going the direction they're going.
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Old 07-17-2010, 11:35 PM   #3
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I remember hearing that they turned down the seeds, probably not the kind of p.r. Monsanto wanted!
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Yes but.... it was liberating for Haitians. I had a link where we could send money for untreated heirloom seeds to Haitians if we want. I'll try to find it. I was in a rush so I did something really bad.... I paypalled some money to a girlfriend and told her to buy some organic seed and to send my seed with her seed. You can't do this on your own. You need a permit to send them seed so be careful if you're thinking of sending anything. Get your permit first. It might be better to send a coupla bucks to an organic seed supplier to let them ship out or find an organization that's buying seed to send over. BTW.... my heart doesn't exactly bleed for all the bad publicity Monsanto got out of this. Monsanto didn't exactly have the Haitians in mind when they offered that 4M in seed. Their PR people were probably salivating at the prospect of "partnering" with the Haitians while their bean counters were smacking their lips and going to sleep counting future $$$ from the terminator hybrids they'd send them instead of sheep. If they really had terminator seeds in that "gift" package they were offering to the Haitians.... Monsanto is even scummier than I thought.
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Monsanto Donates Corn and Vegetable Seed to Haiti
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Monsanto Donates Corn and Vegetable Seed to Haiti – Monsanto Blog - Beyond the Rows
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Simple directive, but complex in execution. First, Monsanto had to identify seed from its inventory that would be well-suited to Haitian growing climates. That was perhaps the simplest part. The seeds include corn (field, not sweet), cabbage, carrot, eggplant, melon, onion, tomato, spinach and watermelon. Contrary to some online reports (sparked by this erroneous blog posting), these seeds are not derived from biotechnology (GMO). They are conventionally bred, hybrid seeds. Also, Monsanto is not donating herbicide or fertilizer, as those reports falsely state...
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This evil campaign puts politics ahead of humanity, and it is sad that charities like the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the New York Community Trust are funding Grassroots International’s perversely named “social justice” campaign.

The two groups, the Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP) and the National Peasant Movement of the Congress of Papay (MPMKP), argue that the hybrid seeds donated by Monsanto will somehow undermine the “food sovereignty” of Haiti. They also assert, without any scientific basis, that the donated seeds are somehow unsafe. Nothing could be further from the truth...
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I better check my glasses. Did this Jeff Steir really type this in the same article where he compared Monsanto's agricultural technologies to Dr. Norman Borlaug's, "Both GM and hybrid seeds are safe, although Haiti doesn’t have the regulatory infrastructure to use GM seeds."???
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