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27/10/2017

Monsanto in trouble

Over 1.3 million EU citizens say: ban glyphosate

The US seed-& pesticide corporation Monsanto is in trouble. There are many reasons. Among others, the authorization of Monsanto’s flagship the weedkiller Roundup and its ingredient glyphosate is expiring in the EU by the end of this year. Plus more and more weeds are resistant to the pesticide. Monsanto’s ‘solution’ to this problem, another very toxic herbicide called Dicamba, turns out to be a complete failure. The Monsanto Tribunal last fall in The Hague and court cases have been exposing the way Monsanto works. The legal opinion of the Monsanto Tribunal has been spread to all corners of the world by social and official media, inspiring victims of pesticide use and more consumers to show the true cost of Monsanto’s business.

What happened after the Tribunal throughout 2017?

Glyphosate, active ingredient of Roundup, has created a huge discussion. Over 1.3 million EU citizens have signed an official request to ban glyphosate, to reform the pesticide approval procedure, and to set EU-wide mandatory reduction targets for pesticide use. Also the Monsanto Bayer merger is under investigation. There has been a lot of public pressure on the merger authorities to prevent the Bayer – Monsanto merger. Too much power, bad for farmers and consumers is the general opinion. But the EU Commission has now launched an in-depth investigation.

Food: 53% contain glyphosate residues

According to Monsanto Tribunal, the French organisation Générations Futures conducted tests on food products found in supermarkets. They found out that 53% of them contained glyphosate residues. Such results show the pervasive nature of glyphosate-containing herbicides. Combined with the important work of health and environmental organizations, they should carry weight on the debates over glyphosate re-authorization in the EU. Consumers’ groups have been conducting a series of tests with food products in the U.S. Glyphosate was found in many of them, including the famous ‘all natural’ Ben & Jerry’s ice creams, from the company Unilever. The Organic Consumers Association is now pushing the brand to go organic.

The organizers of the Monsanto Tribunal that took place in October last year in The Hague (Netherlands), are keeping their supporters updated. In a recent newsletter they explained why the US pesticides and GM seeds corporation is in trouble. Additional to the Dicamba failure and the expiring authorisation, it is also fact that many policy makers slowly understand how Monsanto is working. On the 11th of October there was an official hearing in the EU Parliament. Monsanto has been invited but did not show up, nor BfR. As a consequence and for the first time the European Parliament decided to dispend Monsanto lobbyists from the Parliament building. Soon the EU member states will have to cast their vote for the final decision. One of the largest, France, has previously announced it would vote against the renewal of the license for glyphosate.

The outcomes of the hearing are a scandal. It came to light that chapters of Monsanto documents have been copied word for word by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) for their report to the European Food Safety Agency EFSA  and sources have not been named. Harald Ebner, expert on agriculture and pesticides in the Green fraction of the German Bundestag, views the plagiarism allegation as being acknowledged by an expert assessment of Dr Stefan Weber. Ebner demands that a re-authorization of glyphosate based on a plagiarized risk evaluation must not be allowed.

Monsanto´s business has reached the limits

In addition, 100,000 pages of documents (testimonies, unpublished studies, meeting minutes…) obtained through lawsuits against chemical companies and U.S. regulation agencies were collected by environmental activists. They were made publicly available through a project called the Poison Papers. "With such documents out, it becomes increasingly ‘difficult’ for companies like Monsanto to deny accusations of concealment, deception or collusion", explains the article.

Films and books are released and show that Monsanto´s products are even more dangerous than ever thought. Roundup on Trial is the new book (in French) from Marie-Monique Robin, that comes along with the movie Roundup  the Trial (German, French, DVD in English). Marie-Monique Robin – maker of the brilliant documentary The World According to Monsanto –  for several months followed Roundup victims and experts from all over the world, revealing a massive health and environmental scandal. The DVD version will also include English subtitles. Watch the trailer and order your copy."This provocative book and the film provides an understanding of the mechanisms of one of the greatest environmental and health scandals in modern history. But it also shows that, in the face of the powerlessness or the lack of will of international agencies and governments to end it, civil society is mobilizing", states MonsantoTribunal.org.

"All this indicates that Monsanto’s toxic agriculture and extortion have reached their limits. An ever-growing number of people understand that we can and have to feed the world without poisoning it. A recent UN Report denounced the myth that pesticides are necessary to feed the world. We should reward farmers and not exploit them, we can work with nature instead of waging a war against it.“, says the Monsanto Tribunal.

Source and pictures: http://organic-market.info

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The EU-project which will be run by FiBL Switzerland as well as IFOAM EU aims at fostering the development and facilitating the adoption of cost-efficient and environmentally safe tools and technologies...

08/01/2016

Organic groceries discount at Walmart Canada

Walmart Canada has quietly launched a new lineup of organic products under its Great Value store brand