Monsanto on Trial in the International People’s Court 

Criminal liability for damages inflicted on human health and the environment?

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2016 doesn't start off too well for Monsanto as NGOs are lining up to call the multinational agrochemical corporation to account.

 

IFOAM reports that Organics International, the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), Navdanya, Regeneration International (RI) and Millions Against Monsanto have been joined by dozens of global food, farming and environmental justice groups to put Monsanto on trial for crimes against nature and humanity, and ecocide, October 15-16, 2016, The Hague, Netherlands.

 

Andre Leu, president of IFOAM – Organics International comments “Monsanto is able to ignore the human and environmental damage caused by its products, and maintain its devastating activities through a strategy of systemic concealment: by lobbying regulatory agencies and governments, by resorting to lying and corruption, by financing fraudulent scientific studies, by pressuring independent scientists, and by manipulating the press and media. Monsanto’s history reads like a text-book case of impunity, benefiting transnational corporations and their executives, whose activities contribute to climate and biosphere crises and threaten the safety of the planet.”

 

Vandana Shiva, physicist, author, activist and founder of Navdanya, and member of the RI Steering Committee said: “Monsanto has pushed GMOs in order to collect royalties from poor farmers, trapping them in debt they cannot repay. Monsanto promotes an agro-industrial model that contributes at least 50 percent of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. Monsanto is also largely responsible for the depletion of soil and water resources, species extinction and declining biodiversity, and the displacement of millions of small farmers worldwide.”

 

 

IWE Berlin, 02.02.2016

 

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