Corn and beans are the foundation of the Guatemalan diet

Rudy Giron: Antigua Guatemala &emdash; Corn and beans are the foundation of the Guatemalan diet

Guatemala 1 Monsanto 0

Guatemala repealed the ‘Monsanto Law’ pushed by the United States as part of the “free” trade agreement.

The ‘Law for the Protection of New Plant Varieties,’ dubbed the ‘Monsanto Law’ by critics for its formidable seed-privatization provisions, is an obligation for all nations that signed the 2005 CAFTA-DR free trade agreement between Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and the United States. The agreement requires signatories to adhere to the International Convention for the Protection of New Plant Varieties.

The National Alliance for Biodiversity Protection said in July that the law is unconstitutional “because it violates the rights of peoples. It will benefit transnational seed companies such as Monsanto, Duwest, Dupont, Syngenta, etc.”

“According to this law, the rights of plant breeders are superior to the rights of peoples to freely use seeds,” the Alliance said in a statement… continue reading the complete article at RT network.

What can the little countries of Central America do against the push of the U.S. towards genetically-modified foods to benefit seed companies such as Monsanto, Duwest, Dupont, Syngenta, etc.?

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  • Sarah

    I am so glad to hear that your Country has not succumbed to Monsanto…us average gardeners here in the U.S.A. do NOT like Monsanto!!

    • Why is that Sarah?

      • Sarah

        The way that Monsanto works is that they put chemicals in each seed, so that you cannot save the seed from each harvest and replant them, so to speak, so you would have to purchase new seeds, which are full of unhealthy chemicals, every year, over and over. I applaud your country for not wanting to put those chemicals in their countrymens bodies but also be “slaves” to Monsanto for future needs.
        I personally only purchase Heirlloom, non GMO seeds to grow in my garden here in Wisconsin!!
        I think the day will come that Monsanto will be a monopoly in the U.S. and it could very well come down to the Corporations and the everyday person, will be forced to buy from Monsanto or get nothing at all…scary

        On a side note….I am coming to Antigua in December for Spanish School – would love to connect with you, I think you take wonderful photos and have a fantastico blog!!!

        • Great Sarah, I recommend you take one of my private photo walks; this is a great way to improve your photography and understanding of Antigua Guatemala and support my efforts to bring you new fresh content every day. Additional information about the private photo walks at http://www.AntiguaPhotoWalks.com

  • NYChapin

    Aqui esta tu Corn Monsanto !

    • Jajaja, you are so funny NYChapin.

  • Gini

    I wish we in the US could push out Monsanto, as well…unfortunately, the writing is on the wall. They are too big and eventually genetically-modified food will be all that’s left to eat.

    • Sorry to hear that Gini. I wish the people of the US a better Monsanto-free future.