With the horticultural shift of the Green Revolution, industrial agriculture has been producing more calories than ever, but the lack of micronutrients in the resulting diet is causing widespread disease.
GUATEMALA - On September 4th, after ten days of widespread street
protests against the biotech giant Monsanto’s expansion into Guatemalan
territory, groups of Indigenous people joined by social movements, trade
unions and farmer and women’s organizations won a victory when congress
finally repealed the legislation that had been approved in June.
The demonstrations were concentrated outside the Congress and
Constitutional Court in Guatemala City during more than a week, and
coincided with several Maya communities and organizations defending
food sovereignty through court injunctions in order to stop the Congress
and the President, Otto Perez Molina, from letting the new law on
protection of plant varieties, known as the “Monsanto Law”, take effect.
On September 2, the Maya communities of Sololá, a mountainous region
125 kilometers west from the capital, took to the streets and blocked
several main roads. At this time a list of how individual congressmen
had voted on the approval of the legislation in June was circulating.
When Congress convened on September 4, Maya people were waiting
outside for a response in favor of their movement, demanding a complete
cancellation of the law –something very rarely seen in Guatemala. But
this time they proved not to have marched in vain. After some battles
between the presidential Patriotic Party (PP) and the Renewed Democratic
Liberty Party (LIDER), the Congress finally decided not to review the
legislation, but cancel it.
Lolita Chávez from the Maya People’s Council summarized the essence
of what has been at stake these last weeks of peaceful protests as
follows: “Corn taught us Maya people about community life and its
diversity, because when one cultivates corn one realizes that there is a
variety of crops such as herbs and medical plants depending on the corn
plant as well. We see that in this coexistence the corn is not selfish,
the corn shows us how to resist and how to relate with the surrounding
Guys! The Salt Lake City protest was amazing!! There was only about 20 people there when I showed up but I am so glad my dad and I went :) We had a ton of cars honk at us and supporting us! I’d say I had a pretty good first protest :)
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