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Monsanto to Aid Philippine Farmers Devastated by Typhoon

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   November 25th, 2013 · 21 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (3) · Maui News
Monsanto is providing DEKALB corn hybrid seeds free of charge to corn farmers with extensive crop damage so they may replant flooded or damaged fields as soon as possible. Photo courtesy Monsanto Hawaiʻi.

Monsanto is providing DEKALB corn hybrid seeds free of charge to corn farmers with extensive crop damage so they may replant flooded or damaged fields as soon as possible. Photo courtesy Monsanto Hawaiʻi.

By Wendy Osher

Monsanto Company has announced a multi-stage support effort to aid in recovery and rebuilding efforts for farmers in the Philippines affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda, known internationally as Typhoon Haiyan.

“Our thoughts and support go out to the people directly impacted by the typhoon as well as our entire Filipino community at Monsanto,” said Mike Frank, Monsanto’s vice president for international row crops and vegetables in a company-issued press release.

The company says Monsanto has more than 100 employees in the region, and many employees with personal ties to the devastated areas.

“As farmers ourselves, we feel the pain and suffering of our fellow farmers whose homes and fields were destroyed. I’m very grateful for the company’s support,” said Fred Perlak, vice president of research and business operations for Monsanto in Hawaiʻi.

Monsanto says the support effort is expected to total more than $400,000, and includes: short-term relief of food and water; rebuilding homes of farmers; donating corn seed; and offering employee donation matches to further enhance relief effort.

Under the aid effort Monsanto has donated: $100,000 to the Philippines Red Cross for short-term relief of food, water and temporary shelter; and $250,000 to the Philippine-based Gawad Kalinga foundation to build 50 new homes and repair an additional 230 homes in the Visayas region.

Monsanto also announced a dollar-for-dollar match for donations made by Monsanto employees of up to $1,000 each toward the International Red Cross, the UN World Food Programme and the Red Crescent Society

To further support farm families in the region, Monsanto also announced it will provide DEKALB Genuity corn hybrid seeds free of charge to corn farmers that sustained extensive crop damage to ensure “they may replant flooded or damaged fields as soon as possible.”

According to Monsanto, more than 20,000 farm families in the Visayan Islands are among those struggling in the typhoon aftermath.

Joan Ferguson, a Monsanto employee in Hawaii who is originally from Biliran Island in the Philippines said her family members in the Philippines are among those who lost homes and are in immediate need for food, shelter and supplies.

“While we try to reach them and pray for their well-being, I am thankful to see my company and colleagues working to help farmers and victims in the devastated areas,” said Ferguson in the announcement.

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  • see the nice people

    See how nice Monsanto is. They’ll be helping the people in the after mas of the typhoon in Philippines. And most of you said that Monsanto is bad. You got it all wrong. So he nice to Monsanto.

    • Naive

      Monsanto has more money than God and they do whatever they can to make themselves look good because they do so much evil. Were you born yesterday? Sheesh!

      • 101

        And what have YOU done for those who are hurting right now in the P.I.?

      • see the nice people

        The only thing I hear from you is yak yak yak I think you were a pig in your last life. Whine whine whine.

  • justtruth

    Monsanto is using this “opportunity” tp send it’s poison and copyright seeds in an area where the peole are so desperate they will settle for this. If Monsanto wants to help they should send money directly to the Red Cross. This is horrible. It’s called a Shock Doctrine.

    • 101

      “Under the aid effort Monsanto has donated: $100,000 to the Philippines Red Cross for short-term relief of food, water and temporary shelter; and $250,000 to the Philippine-based Gawad Kalinga foundation to build 50 new homes and repair an additional 230 homes in the Visayas region.

      Monsanto also announced a dollar-for-dollar match for donations made by Monsanto employees of up to $1,000 each toward the International Red Cross, the UN World Food Programme and the Red Crescent Society”

    • see the nice people

      And I guess you and your organization have done anything to help or you just don’t have the heart. People like you that cuts down others is just people who trying to make people hear what you got to say. But really people like you are worst off them the ones you’re yapping about.

  • Richard

    So, Monsanto ¨gives¨ $400k´s worth (Monsantos valuing) of seed that can´t legally be resown (thereby holding the farmer to ransome), meanwhile spends $4m trying to stop you from knowing that you are going to end up eating it.

    • see the nice people

      They had dominated the seed. Do they can’t hold anyone for it. And also it’s out of the USA. What can they do take back their donation? Then what they’ll be labelled as a Indian giver. Their doing a great thing. Do give it up.

  • derp

    seems like a great way to spread that shitty GMO corn !
    perfect cover for suspicious motives be very careful

    • 101

      I think your “medical” pot is making you paranoid, lol.

      • Derp

        I’m not American mate, no medical pot here lol Do you even know what gmo is?

        • 101

          As Americans, we are citizens. As a subject, your job is simply to do what you’re told. So why on earth would you act like your opinion actually mattered?

      • Derp

        I think they took advantage of a horrible situation, if they gave you non gm seeds I would be all praise, congratulations you and your people are now involved in a mass experiment !

        • 101

          They gave $350,000 in non-GMO cash to the Red Cross and to build/rebuild nearly 300 homes.
          IN ADDITION, they are also giving up to $1,000 EACH in non-GMO matching cash donated by each of their 20,000 employees. That’s another $20 MILLION dollars in cash, for a total of $40 MILLION dollars.
          The seeds are just icing on the cake. Get over yourself.

  • TSL

    In the money game its all ways about the bargain!I give you this I get that ! In this case future farm workers from the Philippines.Wow!!!

  • Babalui

    I love how all the greenies heads are exploding.

    • 101

      Yes. It truly is the little things in life that are so rewarding.

  • Hoonani

    Can’t believe some people are criticizing Monsanto for giving HUGE help to those poor folks suffering. I”m sure Monsanto got plenty Filipino employees, so make sense why they care so much. My friend hasn’t heard from her family in days and she’s been crying a lot. Hope you are digging deep in your pockets to donate too.

  • 101

    Wow. God bless Monsanto.

  • John R. Hall

    Monsanto owns the allegiance of this newspaper…they own most Hawaiian politicians…they’re poisoning the Philippines just like they’re poisoning Hawaii and every corner of the globe where they haven’t been outlawed. Monsanto is an evil corporation which produces more kinds of poison than most people are even aware of. Oh, sure…they’re more than happy to provide ‘free’ hybrid patented corn seed to the Philippine farmers…they’ve got hearts of gold, right? Does anybody know how many tens of thousands of farmers in India and Pakistan commited suicide because of Monsant seed corn? Did anyone notice how this publication ignores all anti-Monsanto marches and demonstrations? Has anyone noticed the new Maui Police Fortress which now guards them against all who know them for what they are….Murderers of children. Aspartame anyone?


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