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Monsanto and the Carnival of Corn

Reveal Date

August 14, 2013

Category

Food

Tags
GMO, Mexico, Monsanto

On August 14, 2013, the St. Louis based biotech corporation Monsanto Company released an announcement saying the Mexican government had finally, after months of debate, approved the commercial sale of their patented, genetically modified seeds in Mexico. Agricultural news outlets reported on the development and anti-GMO circles lamented another domino felled by the frankencorn-producing, wheat crop-contaminating, farmer-suing agribusiness giant.

 

That is, until it was revealed that the release was a fake by Monsanto’s Twitter feed and blog.

 

Shortly thereafter, a press release again seemingly from Monsanto denounced the release as a hoax, crediting a group of students and activists called Sin Maíz No Hay Vida (Without Corn There Is No Life). This press release was also written by the activists, offering the true story and countering a claim by Monsanto that they were intent on spreading “misleading information.”

 

In addition to the fake press releases, the group staged a Carnaval del Maíz (Carnival of Corn) in San Cristobál de las Casas, Chiapas, the epicenter of Mexico’s Zapatista rebellion. The procession of colorful, painted people embodied the beauty and diversity of the earth, corn, and Mexico itself. They danced and chanted in the the main square, inviting passersby to join in a ballgame representing the people versus Monsanto, and said plainly: Monsanto will not impose their monopoly on life here.

 

This action is one among many recent mobilizations against Monsanto. For more info on resistance to Monsanto and to get involved, please visit the links below:

 

Stop Monsanto in Mexico

Rechazo internacional a la siembra de maíz transgénico en México (International rejection of the planting of genetically modified corn in Mexico)

Sin Maíz No Hay País (Without Corn There Is No Country)

Stop Trans-Pacific Partnership

Unión de Científicos Comprometidos con la Sociedad (UCCS) (Union of Scientists Committed to Society)

Viva la Milpa

 

Selected Press:

 

See also: “Monsanto attempts to silence criticisms of its transgenic seeds business” (in Spanish)

 

While the live version of the fake Monsanto site was taken down, you can see a saved version here.

 

Read our fake press release here.

Read the response press release here.

Read the reveal here.

Read the (real) leaked letter here.