AGRA Watch opposes biotechnological solutions to farming for many reasons including the fact that current biotech models promote costly seeds and agrichemicals which perpetuate farmer’s dependence on the industry. A recent report by Food and Water Watch sheds light on the US State Department’s unfortunate promotion of biotechnology abroad. Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food and Water Watch, states “The U.S. Department of State is selling seeds instead of democracy. This report provides a chilling snapshot of how a handful of giant biotechnology companies are unduly influencing U.S. foreign policy and undermining our diplomatic efforts to promote security, international development and transparency worldwide.”
The report concludes with suggestions as to how the State Department should promote agricultural development by prioritizing the interest of countries over the interest of multinational seed companies.
To download the full report, please visit Food and Water Watch.