Partnership Walk 2012
How Far Will You Walk
to end global poverty?
October 6th, 2012 (Saturday)
Hemisfair Park, San Antonio
Live entertainment, exhibits food and fun for the whole family
Partnership walk is an initiative of Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A and its volunteers in communities across America. AKF USA uses innovative solutions to empower communities to overcome poverty, hunger, illiteracy and illness in Asia and Africa. 100% of your tax-deductible contribution goes directly to projects supported by AKF USA.
The invitation doesn’t mention Monsanto but on the Aga Khan Foundation USA’s web page on Rural Development in India, buried among much that “sounds” positive, is mention of “new inputs or technologies that improve agricultural productivity.” Those are code words for pesticides and genetic engineering. Further down in the same paragragh, the Aga Khan Foundation says that it has set up village organizations that by pass local traders to provide “seeds and other inputs.” It sounds as though the Foundation is cutting off local farmers from small local suppliers to arrange a single outside source of “seeds and other inputs.” What kind of seeds and what kind of inputs is this global foundation leaving small farmers in India with?
Aga Khan USA says they are setting up “collective agri-input supply and marketing to ensure that poor farmers are not exploited by local traders,” but this only sounds good if one is not aware of what happened to farmers in India when Monsanto came in with their “seeds and inputs.”
But a little investigation shows the extreme exploitation that has occurred which did not come from the local traders.
“According to the most recent figures (provided by the New York University School of Law), 17,638 Indian farmers committed suicide in 2009 — about one death every 30 minutes. In 2008, the Daily Mail labeled the continual and disturbing suicide spree as ‘The GM (genetically modified) Genocide’. Due to failing harvests and inflated prices that bankrupt the poor farmers, struggling Indian farmers began to kill themselves. Oftentimes, they would commit the act by drinking the very same insecticide that Monsanto supplied them with — a gruesome testament to the extent in which Monsanto has wrecked the lives of independent and traditional farmers.
“To further add backing to the tragedy, the rate of Indian farmer suicides massively increased since the introduction of Monsanto’s Bt cotton in 2002. It is no wonder that a large percentage of farmers who take their own lives are cotton farmers, the demographic that is thought to be among the most impacted.”
In San Antonio, the Indian community is invited to participate and enjoy “Live entertainment, exhibits food and fun for the whole family” as they donate to a Foundation that appears to be fund raising for Monsanto, which has been responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths of poor Indian farmers. The Foundation says it is helping small farmers but small farmers were not killing themselves en masse before Monsanto and other outsiders introduced what they claimed were “new inputs or technologies that improve agricultural productivity.”
On top of the outrageousness of asking Indians to donate to Monsanto (or other biotech companies doing the same thing) after how many Indians have died because of them, there is a special irony in this “Walk to end Global Poverty” occurring this weekend. The Walk is being held right before early voting begins in California with an initiative on the ballot to get GMOs labeled for the first time in the US (Prop 37). As Monsanto and the biotech industry and giant US food and agricultural interests are pouring in billions to keep people from knowing what is in their food, and grass roots groups are struggling to come up with enough funds to counter the media lies, a fund raiser is occurring to support Monsanto – a multi-billion dollar corporation, playing on the sympathies of those who care about the poor. For Monsanto, the presence of its GMOs, whether in food or in NGO activities occurring in Asia and Africa, must be hidden.
Ordinary people are doing all they can to get the truth out. Passing Prop 37 will allow people to know what is in the food, and the need to do so is now urgent. Results are continuing to come in on how deadly GMOs are. Monsanto’s corn’s impact on test animals is horrifying.
But now scientists are warning about GM-wheat as well.
The Aga Khan Foundation is involved offering “systems to improve …. wheat yields.”
The “Walk to End Global Poverty” appears to be a nationwide fund raising event – fun for the whole family! – to raise money for Monsanto and the biotech industry. This are the companies threatening families with cancers and early deaths.