Monsanto Tribunal: Report from The Hague

21 April 2017 — Organic Consumers Association

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Most opinion tribunals have had a considerable impact, and it is now accepted that they contribute to the progressive development of international law. – International Monsanto Tribunal Advisory Opinion, The Hague, April 18, 2017

On Tuesday, April 18, representatives of the Organic Consumers Association and our Regeneration International project gathered in The Hague, Netherlands, along with members of other civil society groups, scientists and journalists.

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Bees: The jury has retired

3 March 2017 — SumOfUs

[I’ll keep you uptodate on this one. WB]

Last month, with your support, the Bee Defenders Alliance were at the European Court of Justice standing up for the bees.

This group of independent scientists and beekeepers were taking on the world’s biggest pesticide companies – Bayer, Syngenta and BASF. I delivered them your message of support along with messages from over 57,000 Sum of Us members – the team were so grateful to know you were standing with them.

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In the European Court of Justice with the BeeDefenders

16 February 2017 — SumOfUs

I’m writing to you from the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, where I’ve just delivered messages of support from you and over 57,000 other SumOfUs members. The team here are so grateful to know that you’re standing beside them.

Right now, the BeeDefenders are in court defending the bees from the world’s biggest pesticide companies – Bayer, Syngenta and BASF.

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Monsanto Celebrates Approval of New Dicamba Herbicide and Fights Dirty to Silence Cancer Scientists

22 November 2016 — Dr Mercola

  • The U.S. EPA has approved Monsanto’s new weed killer, XtendiMax, which goes along with its Roundup Ready Xtend cotton and soybeans — GE plants designed to tolerate both glyphosate and dicamba
  • With this approval, use of dicamba on cotton and soy fields is expected to jump from less than 1 million pounds to more than 25 million pounds annually
  • Monsanto is ramping up its assault on World Health Organization (WHO) scientists that declared glyphosate a probable human carcinogen, by lobbying to strip the international cancer research agency of U.S. funding

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Syngenta and Bayer both knew its pesticides killed Bees

1 November 2016 — SumOfUs

The SumOfUs community has known for a long time that bee-killing pesticides are decimating pollinator populations. And it turns out that agro-chemical giants Syngenta and Bayer knew it too — but kept it secret from the public.

That’s right. Thanks to Freedom of Information Act requests, previously unpublished field trials commissioned by the two neonic manufacturers have been released showing that two neonic pesticides seriously harm bee colonies in high concentrations.

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Beyer and Monsanto: The Merger from Hell!

15 September 2016 — SumOfUs

Breaking news: agrochemical giant Bayer just announced it’s merging with the most hated company on the planet: Monsanto.

These two companies joining into one mega-corporation is truly the stuff of nightmares. Together they would be the biggest seed company AND the biggest pesticide company in the world with control over nearly everything we eat and grow. It means more bee-killing neonics in our fields, more toxic glyphosate on our plates, and more corporate control over our food supply.

But this fight is not over — in fact it’s just beginning.

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GMO: ‘If You’re So Proud of This Technology, Put It on the Label’

19 August 2016 — FAIR

Janine Jackson interviewed Patty Lovera about GMO labeling for the August 12, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

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Patty Lovera: “If we’re going to tell people that they are voting with their dollars and they’re making decisions, you have to give them all the information. And when we came to that line, the industry wasn’t willing to do that.” (image: Food & Water Watch)

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Protect our Bees! Email your MP

17 August 2016 — 38 Degrees

Breaking: toxic pesticides are killing our bees. That’s the headline that pesticide company bosses have been dreading. And it’s splashed all over the news thanks to new research out today. [1] [2]

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Unacceptable Capitalism: Bayer is suing ‘Europe’ for saving the bees

25 July 2016 — SumOfUs

Wow. Bayer, BASF and Syngenta are suing the European Commission to overturn a ban on the pesticides that are killing millions of bees around the world.

A huge public push won this landmark ban — and we can’t sit back and let Big Pesticide overturn it while the bees vanish.

The UN sounded the alarm bells: Unless we act now, the bees are at risk of global extinction. We have to show Bayer and Co. now that we won’t tolerate them putting their profits ahead of our planet’s health. 

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Protecting Pollinators Around the World

15 June 2016 — Foodtank

Bee Protecting pollinator health is an issue of global importance, but individuals can make a difference.

According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), approximately 80 percent of all flowering plant species reproduce with the help of pollinator animals like bees, butterflies, birds, and more. This accounts for at least one third of the world’s food crops, including tomatoes, pepper, strawberries, coffee, apples, carrots, almonds, cocoa, and thousands of others.

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We delayed the bee killers but the gangsters never give up!

6 June 2016 — 38 Degrees

[They never give up! The Gangster state and the gangsters it represents still want to introduce bee killing pesticides, but because we’ve made such a fuss about it (see below), the gangsters now want to do it behind closed doors!]

The powerful lobbyists who want the ban on bee-killing pesticides lifted aren’t giving up. Together, we made sure their first application this year was rejected by the government (hooray!). [1] But they’ve said they’re “committed” to getting a yes from the government. [2] And any new application they make will be kept behind closed doors. [3]

We need to make sure that their next application to bring back bee-killing pesticides is out in the open – so it can be scrutinised properly. And the more we know, the more we can do to stop it. Please can you sign the open letter to Environment Minister Liz Truss now, demanding transparency? The open letter will be delivered to her in a few days: Continue reading this...

‘GMO Crops Are Tools of a Chemical Agriculture System’

3 June 2016 — FAIR

Janine Jackson interviewed Patty Lovera about Monsanto protests for the May 27, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

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UK Supermarkets Told to Wake Up to GMO

27 August 2014 — Sustainable Pulse

GeneWatch UK called on supermarkets Wednesday to wake up to the environmental harm caused by genetically modified (GM) animal feed, imported from North and South America. Blanket spraying of Monsanto’s RoundUp Ready GM crops with the weedkiller RoundUp has destroyed the habitat of the Monarch butterfly in the United States to such an extent that a petition was filed yesterday seeking endangered species protection for the butterfly, which has declined more than 90 percent in under 20 years.

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India: Selling Out To Monsanto. GMOs and the Bigger Picture By Colin Todhunter

8 August 2014 — Global Research

On 15 August, India will mark its 67th anniversary of independence from Britain. It may seem strange to some that a nation would publicly celebrate its independence while at the same time it less publicly cedes it to outsiders. The gleaming façade of flags and fly-pasts will belie the fact that national security and independence do not depend on military might and patriotic speeches. Eye-catching celebrations will take place in Delhi and much of the media will mouth platitudes about the strength of the nation and its independence. The reality is, however, an ongoing, concerted attempt to undermine and destroy the very foundation and security of the country.

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