United States (OW) – New varieties of GMOs come with instructions to douse the earth with toxic herbicides. For many years, genetically engineered crops were said to be environmentally responsible. Those crops have genes from different species implanted in them, giving them traits they normally wouldn’t have. Companies like Monsanto that produced such strains claimed they were good for the planet. One genetically engineered crop variety is specifically designed to withstand exposure to Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, which Monsanto claimed broke down quickly in the soil. With these “Roundup Ready” crops, farmers can spray their entire fields with Roundup, trusting that Read MoreRead More
United States (ANHUSA) – The International Monsanto Tribunal in the Hague, Netherlands, is an international civil society initiative to hold Monsanto accountable for human rights violations, for crimes against humanity, and for ecocide. Last October, eminent judges heard testimonies from victims. Last week, following procedures established by the International Court of Justice, judges presiding over the tribunal delivered its legal opinion regarding Monsanto’s impact on human rights, the environment, access to food, and scientific integrity after hearing testimony from thirty witnesses and experts from around the world. Their conclusion: Monsanto’s business activities infringe on our right to a clean, sustainable Read MoreRead More
Corporations like Monsanto have limitless resources to buy political power through lobbying. Not only are they represented by numerous lobbying associations at every level from local to global, they also have an army of hired-gun lobbyists, fund scientists to act as their mouthpiece, and participate in ‘greenwashing’ projects.
EU institutions and the US government often actively solicit corporations to lobby them, giving corporations privileged access to decision-making. This perverse symbiosis allows corporations to capture decision-making, but leads to hollowed out democracy, environmental disaster, and grave social injustice.Read More