Tagged: Black Farmers

Senate Approves Settlement For Black Farmers


This is a huge, huge victory for myself and black farmers, many of whom have died waiting for justice. I have been working on this thing for 26 years. I’ve been hearing ‘no’ for so very long.” John Boyd of the National Black Farmers Association (NBFA)

On Friday, November 12th the senate unanimously approved funding for a $1.15 billion settlement to compensate Black farmers who were racially discriminated against by the Department of Agriculture. Continue reading

VIDEO: Shirley Sherrod, The USDA & Black Farmers


My grandfather used to say ‘the land don’t know no color, the land never mistreated anybody. It’s the people here.” ~Dr. John Boyd

There are several notable things about the Shirley Sherrod incident worth acknowledging, most involve how much this incident is not about the woman in question. The African American Georgia State Director of Rural Development for the United States Department of Agriculture was forced to resign of from her position after conservative activist and blogger Andrew Breitbart posted a highly edited video of Sherrod’s address at a March 2010 NAACP event to his website that made her look like she engaged in discriminatory practices towards whites. Continue reading

Haitian Peasants March Against Monsanto and Haitian President

Photo Credit: Monsanto


Long live native seeds”



Down with Monsanto. Down with GMO and hybrid seeds.”

Those were the chants of the peasants who protested against genetically modified seed “donator” Monsanto. Their one harvest seeds would spell disaster for the still ailing nation, plunging the farmers into a kind of “green slavery” and destroying the nations ability to feed itself. On June 4th, World Environment Day, Haitian farmers, national and international peasant groups came together to burn the toxic donation and voice their opposition to the Haitian president, Rene Preval. Continue reading

Haitian Farmers Vow To Burn Monsanto Hybrid Seeds Pt 2


Photo Credit: Monsanto

On June 4th Haitian farmers will burn genetically modified seeds donated by Monsanto. Find out why in Part 1 of this piece HERE.

According to truthout.org [4] hybrid corn seeds have been donated by Monsanto to Haiti that were treated with the fungicide Maxim XO and the calypso tomato seeds were treated with Thiram, a chemical so highly toxic agricultural workers must wear protective clothing when handling plants treated with it. Continue reading

Haitian Farmers Vow To Burn Monsanto Hybrid Seeds Pt 1

On June 4th Haitian farmers will burn seeds as an act of protest in response to what one peasant farmer calls “a new earthquake”. Since the devastating 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti in mid January the country has been in even more need than the poverty stricken nation usually is. A company named Monsanto will be donating 60,000 seed sacks (475 tons) of hybrid corn seeds and vegetable seeds. [1]

Their website states “Monsanto is an agricultural company” but that’s not exactly the whole truth. They produce what they call “in-the-seed trait technologies”. Haitian farmers call Monsanto’s products genetically modified seeds and on June 4th, World Environment Day, these “beggars” will show themselves to be choosers when they set fire to the donated seeds. Continue reading

Black Farmers Hold Press Conference For $1.5 Billion

UPDATE: “Congress failed to approve $1.15 billion by a March 31 deadline so now the Obama administration cannot allocate $1.25 billion to settle decades-old discrimination lawsuits with black farmers. The deal, one of the largest civil rights settlements in history, was to compensate black farmers left out of federal farm loan and assistance programs due to racism. Lawmakers left for a 2 week break on Friday without approving the deal, leaving it in limbo.” ~aaenvironment.blogspot.com

Surprise, surprise some farmers are actually Black! These farmers are upset about discrimination they have faced over the years in U.S. Department of Agriculture programs. The Black farmers say they have been systematically denied loans, crop subsidies and government aid while their white counterparts did not. I guess that’s why some call the USDA “the last plantation”. Continue reading

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