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

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Guatemala repealed the ‘Monsanto Law’ pushed by the United States as part of the “free” trade agreement.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