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27 May 2010 | | |

Same Old Story

Monsanto controls market of seeds and inputs in El Salvador

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Peasant organizations of El Salvador are accusing US seed company Monsanto for its attempts to control the entire national market, and even “stealing native seeds” to establish a monopoly.

This is what Oscar Recinos Morales said in an interview with Real World Radio. Recinos Morales is part of Fecoracen (Federation of Agrarian Reform Cooperatives, Central Region), member of Via Campesina International.

Fecoracen works at a local level in the saving of native seeds and the consolidation of agricultural cooperatives as a way to counteract the agro-exporter model promoted by high authorities of the government from El Salvador.

Most Salvadoran politicians, according to Recinos Morales, are “employed” by the main producers and agribusiness corporations installed in the country.

Groups like Fecoracen are promoting the passing of several laws to push for the consumption of local products. In addition, they demand better phytosanitary controls on maize imports from the US, and highlight that peasant and environmentalist organizations are the only ones who are truly concerned and want to find real solutions for climate change.

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