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The Tally Ho

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Monsanto in Iraq

This article was brought to my attention, For the record: ''U.S. Declares Iraqis Can Not Save Their Own Seeds''. This is the intro
As part of sweeping ''economic restructuring'' implemented by the Bush Administration in Iraq, Iraqi farmers will no longer be permitted to save their seeds, which include seeds the Iraqis themselves have developed over hundreds of years. Instead, they will be forced to buy seeds from US corporations. That is because in recent years, transnational corporations have patented and now own many seed varieties originated or developed by indigenous peoples. In a short time, Iraq will be living under the new American credo: Pay Monsanto, or starve.

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