Sick employees of transgenic companies report their cases to the government of Puerto Rico

Agronomist Iris Pellot walked up to a plain laid bare by herbicide. Only crops of genetically modified corn could withstand this agrochemical. With safety goggles, steel-tipped leather boots and a four-month-old pregnant belly, she showed for work with crops from the multinational Monsanto in the village of Isabela, northwest of the transgenic epicenter of Puerto Rico. Her hands brushed the plants like many times before, but that day, her skin was marked with embossed red lines, as if it had been whipped with a burning wand.

A corporate welfare red carpet propels GMO seed companies in Puerto Rico

During Puerto Rico’s decade of fiscal crisis, when the Island became the top experimental center for genetically engineered seeds, the Government gave away to these seed multinationals over $526 million.