Monsanto Suing Guatemala
Our little corporate Frankenstein is growing up. After years of suing and crushing local governments and small farmers, Monsanto has now graduated to suing entire countries.
This past August, Guatemala passed a law — supposedly because of international trade agreements — mandating huge fines and prison sentences for farmers who reuse their genetically modified seeds from one year to the next. Guatemala is one of the world's poorest countries, and there were massive demonstrations and blockades to protest the Monsanto Protection Act.
One month later, the Guatemalan government bowed to public pressure and repealed the Monsanto Protection Act (officially known as the Plant Variety Protection Law).
No wonder the American Plutocracy liked it to much better when Central American countries were one giant colony for Corporate America, instead of the uppity democracies they're turning into now.
Monsanto is now planning to sue the government of Guatemala. Talk about Goliath hitting David with a slingshot.