The cleverly-named group Nada Santo Sobre Monsanto [Nothing Saintly about Monsanto] is circulating a letter addressed to the Department of Agriculture and Government of Puerto Rico petitioning for a stop to the use of Monsanto’s transgenic seeds in Puerto Rico.
The letter states that Monsanto and other companies, which are engaged in genetic modification of seeds that produce about 90% of the food consumed on the island, have plans to continue experimenting and creating more GM seeds for Puerto Rico’s agricultural market.
The group understands that the next crops to be transformed into genetically modified plants are: various types of beans, various types of tomatoes, leeks, zucchini, carrot, Chinese cabbage, onions, fennel, various types of peppers (including chili peppers and sweet peppers), okra (known locally as quimbombó or guingambó), broccoli, pumpkins, turnips, beets, cauliflower, eggplant, and watermelon.
The letters ends with the following statements: “We cannot let these companies take ownership of these crops to transform them into entities of death that poison the world and produce poverty, dependence, and famine. We demand that the lands of Puerto Rico are not used for experimentation and creation of more transgenic seeds. We demand that the lands of Puerto Rico are used to work towards the goal of food sovereignty. Department of Agriculture and Government of Puerto Rico, NO MORE TRANSGENIC SEEDS should be allowed to enter our lands, we cannot continue to be the laboratory of evil.
[Many thanks to Mary Leonard for bringing this item to our attention.]
For petition letter (in Spanish), see http://www.change.org/petitions/departamento-de-agricultura-y-gobierno-de-puerto-rico-ni-una-semilla-m%C3%A1s-transg%C3%A9nica-en-puerto-rico?utm_campaign=friend_inviter_chat&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=permissions_dialog_false
Shown above: An anti-Monsanto crop circle made by farmers and volunteers in the Philippines. By Melvyn Calderon/Greenpeace HO/A.P. Images, from http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2008/05/monsanto200805