In Nepal, Farmers Struggle as City Dwellers Fight Monsanto

Anti-Monsanto protest in Kathmandu. Photo: Kashish Das Shrestha

Anti-Monsanto protest in Kathmandu. Photo: Kashish Das Shrestha

“Kashish Das Shrestha is a Nepal-born, New York-based photographer and writer who alternates between covering fashion shows and Maoist rebels,celebrities and refugees. In recent e-mail exchanges he alerted me to a building protest effort in Nepal following an announcement in September by the United States Agency for International Development that it was teaming up with Monsanto and Nepali agricultural agencies to promote the benefits of high-yielding hybrid corn varieties and to train Nepali farmers how to grow such crops.

He has written an article describing how anti-Monsanto sentiment built, prompting Nepal’s new leadership to push back.”

Read the original post (Dec. 6, 2011) on the New York Times Dot Earth here.

 

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