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After the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Monsanto donated $255,000 for disaster relief[301] and 60,000 seed sacks (475 tons) of hybrid (non-GM) corn and vegetable seeds worth $4 million.[302] However, a Catholic Relief Services (CRS) rapid assessment of seed supply and demand for the five most common food security crops found that the Haitians had enough seed and recommended that imported seeds be introduced only on a small scale.[303] Emmanuel Prophete, head of Haiti's Ministry of Agriculture's Service National Semencier (SNS), stated that SNS was not opposed to the hybrid maize seeds because they at least double yields. Louise Sperling, Principal Researcher at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) told HGW that she was not opposed to hybrids, but noted that most hybrids required extra water and better soils and that most of Haiti was not appropriate for hybrids. Activists objected that some of the seeds were coated with the fungicides Maxim or thiram. In the United States, pesticides containing thiram are banned in home garden products because most home gardeners do not have adequate protection.[304] Activists wrote that the coated seeds were handled in a dangerous manner by the recipients.[305] The donated seeds were sold at a reduced price in local markets.[302] However, farmers feared that they were being given seeds that would "threaten local varieties"[301] and an estimated 8,000– 12,000 farmers attended a protest of the donation on June 4, 2010, organized by a Haitian farmers' association, the Peasant Movement of Papay, where a small pile of seeds was symbolically burned. [306] Public relations Monsanto has engaged in various public relations campaigns to improve its image and public perception of some of its products.[307][308] These include developing a relationship with scientist Richard Doll with respect to Agent Orange.[309][310][311] Other campaigns include the joint funding

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