People's tribunal accuses Monsanto of possible 'ecocide'

April 18, 2017
Demonstrators dressed as bees stage 'die-in' as a protest against chemicals giants Bayer and Monsanto

An informal people's tribunal headed by five professional international judges Tuesday accused US seeds firm Monsanto of harming the environment and possible "ecocide".

Monsanto, which produces genetically-modified seeds as well as controversial pesticides, however said the event was "staged by a select group of anti-agriculture technology and anti-Monsanto critics."

Held in The Hague over two days and organised by hundreds of grassroots groups, the tribunal found that the US-based company "has engaged in practices which have negatively impacted the right to a healthy ."

The panel of judges heard some 30 witnesses from countries as diverse as Argentina, Bangladesh, Canada, Burkina Faso and Sri Lanka about the various impacts of chemicals on the environment including spraying crops with herbicides and pesticides.

Judges were asked six questions for an advisory opinion, including whether Monsanto violated the rights to a safe environment, food as well as the highest standards of health.

"Monsanto's activities and products cause damage to soil, water and to the environment more generally," the tribunal replied in a statement on Tuesday.

It urged international lawmakers to "precisely and clearly assert the protection of the environment and the crime of ecocide."

It said that if "ecocide" was added in international law, the reported facts could fall within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court based in The Hague.

The event came against the backdrop of ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda saying she intended to deepen her focus on environmental crimes such as land grabs.

Monsanto's GM seeds are designed for use alongside its pesticide glyphosate which has made headlines last year over cancer fears.

But Monsanto, headquartered in St Louis, Missouri, defended itself against the allegations saying: "We stand committed to real dialogue with those who are genuinely interested in sustainable agriculture."

It added in a statement that anti-Monsanto critics organised the tribunal and "played organisers, judge and jury."

The informal court "denied existing scientific evidence and judicial outcomes on several topics... and was organised with pre-determined outcomes," the company's global human rights steering committee said.

Monsanto is currently the subject of a mammoth $66 billion (61.6 billion euro) takeover deal by German pharmaceuticals and chemicals giant Bayer.

Bayer too faces close scrutiny over its own pesticides, accused by some of contributing to mass die-offs of bees.

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rderkis
1 / 5 (3) Apr 18, 2017
I wonder if the guy dressed as a bee has ever had his child dying of starvation lying in his arms.?
I wonder if he would feel the same if he had? Better any food than none.
A lot of people are starving because of food shortages. We have a moral obligation to fix that if we can using GMFs.
The guy on the ground has mixed up his priorities causing him to lose his moral compass.
Caliban
5 / 5 (1) Apr 18, 2017
I wonder if derkaderka has ever actually taken any time to look into any of the issues raised by this Tribunal.

On the other hand, it seems a very good bet that the guy in the bee suit is very well acquainted with the science of them.

The moral obligation is to get the food to those who need it. The world produces far more than enough food --without "GMF"s-- to feed every last human alive on the planet, every year.

"GMF"s are mere marketing strategy to sell the real money-makers: pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers.

Guess who makes them, derkaderka?

rderkis
1 / 5 (4) Apr 18, 2017
The world produces far more than enough food --without "GMF"s-- to feed every last human alive on the planet, every year.


I am going to assume she is talking to me. Asking if I read the article, while she can't even read a handle. :-)
So please tell us what % of your income your giving to others to fill the moral obligation you say you have?
And just how long are you going to feed the world with your wasted table scraps when the population grows by 1.11% per year. I know if you can't even get a name right I am asking too much for you to foresee more than a day in the future.
On the offhand chance that you were just trying to be a troll and just wanted to make people you don't know angry so you can argue by misspelling my name I am putting you on my ignore list(as a troll) Have a nice day :-)

barakn
4 / 5 (4) Apr 19, 2017
Maybe rderkis will traipse along and pollinate the GM plants with his magic wand after all the bees are gone.
gkam
2 / 5 (4) Apr 19, 2017

Why do we allow Big Money to abuse us and our children for even more money?

When this Trump Tantrum is over, we will have a big job cleaning up the disasters.

I suggest prosecution of those who did it.
rderkis
1 / 5 (3) Apr 19, 2017
Maybe rderkis will traipse along and pollinate the GM plants with his magic wand after all the bees are gone.


Wow, you really have no concept of the near future, do you? Pollination will be one of the functions of nano/micro machines. They will do it faster, better etc.
Caliban
5 / 5 (2) Apr 19, 2017

I am going to assume she is talking to me. Asking if I read the article, while she can't even read a handle. :-)


That's right, derkaderka.

So please tell us what % of your income your giving to others to fill the moral obligation you say you have?


Why, upwards of 15% annually, derka derka, in taxes and direct income for the food industry. Not a lot left over for unicef and soup kitchens, but --you only live once, amirite?

And just how long are you going to feed the world with your wasted table scraps when the population grows by 1.11% per year. I know if you can't even get a name right I am asking too much for you to foresee more than a day in the future.


Different issue, derkaderka.

On the offhand chance that you were just trying to be a troll and just wanted to make people you don't know angry so you can argue by misspelling my name[...]


Fine by me, derkaderka.

FWIW, derkaderka, I didn't "misspell" anything.
rderkis
1 / 5 (2) Apr 20, 2017
Caliban since your comment followed mine I am going to assume your replying to mine. I just don't understand why you could be so dumb as to not understand what ignore/mute means. I will say it again dumb troll you have been ignored/muted. Go find someone else to try to bully. :-)
gkam
1 / 5 (2) Apr 20, 2017
It is time to prosecute conservatives for their wars, their scams, their destruction of Democracy.
Caliban
not rated yet Apr 20, 2017
Caliban since your comment followed mine I am going to assume your replying to mine. I just don't understand why you could be so dumb as to not understand what ignore/mute means. I will say it again dumb troll you have been ignored/muted. Go find someone else to try to bully. :-)


OK, derkaderka.

Go dry your little eyes, and then ignore/mute away.

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