Are Monsanto and other producers of patented genetically engineered seeds really doing so in order to “feed the world,” or to control the food supply?
There has been much debate on this topic, with the UN recently weighing in by saying that we need small-scale natural farming to “feed the world,” not Monsanto’s GMOs and other agrochemical-intensive methods.
Now, a new plan to distribute free GMO seeds to farmers in one major African country is meeting stiff resistance, and ironically enough it’s the UN serving as the straw that stirs the drink.
Millions of Nigerians Call on Farmers to Reject GMO Seeds
According to a new report from the website Global Research, an organization representing over 14 million farmers, the Nigeria’s Farmers Alliance, has called on all farmers, especially in the northeast part of the country, to reject GMO and other seeds distributed by the United Nation’s World Food Program (WFP) through the World Bank.
In a letter to the UN Security Council, an intervention was called for in order to stop the bank from using its position of power to spread GMO seeds on behalf of Monsanto, Cargill and others in Africa, including Nigeria, the report said.
The issue of farmers in the developing world rejecting GMO seeds is not a new one, but it remains contentious. Previously, farmers in Haiti, Cuba, and Iraq have been subject to GMO seed donations. In many cases the seeds are roundly rejected, including in Haiti where many farmers chose to burn Monsanto seed donations.
The Alliance in Nigeria has taken specific aim at Bill Gates, as noted in a statement relayed by the Global Research report:
“Bill Gates has used the UN World Food Program and World Bank to promote and distribute GMO seeds aimed at displacing use of natural seeds in Black Sub-Saharan Africa as the first step of displacing all indigenous farmers, who will be left out with no means of livelihood, while Monsanto would have a monopoly of the seed market.”
The news came following a release by Ertharin Cousin, the executive director of the WFP, which said that one million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Nigeria’s northeast region should be supported with “improved seeds” and agricultural inputs in order to rebuild their destroyed farming communities in time for this year’s planting season, the report said.
For more on the situation in Nigeria and why so many farmers are being asked to reject the UN’s “charitable donation,” check out the full article here.