Monsanto Challenges Mexico Glyphosate Ban: IATP Defends Mexico’s Right to Regulate in the Public Interest – Global Research

04-05-21 02:21:00,

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Since the Mexican government published its much-awaited presidential decree on New Year’s Eve to restrict the use of the herbicide glyphosate and genetically modified corn, IATP has actively worked to defend the government against threats from U.S. agribusiness using the revised North American Free Trade Agreement, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

I covered the decree and the looming threats in a February article. Now agribusiness interests have filed for an injunction in Mexican courts to stop the government phaseout of glyphosate.

On April 16, IATP joined the National Family Farm Coalition and the Rural Coalition on a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack calling for respect for Mexico’s right to regulate in the public interest.

“We read with concern the March 22, 2021 letter to you from food and agricultural trade associations raising objections to health, consumer and farmer protections and agricultural policies of the government of Mexico and seeking your intervention,” states the letter. “We urge both USTR and USDA to respect Mexico’s domestic policy choices and refrain from any action to interfere with policies that support healthy food and diets and that advance sustainable and environmentally sound agroecological practices. Mexico is well within its rights to adopt these provisions, as the U.S. would be if it implemented similar policies.”

IATP signed on to a similar letter drafted by Pesticide Action Network, along with 80 other organizations and nearly 7,000 citizens. The IATP and PAN letters support a letter signed by hundreds of Mexican organizations objecting to the agribusiness lobbying effort and calling on the U.S. government to respect Mexico’s sovereignty.

Bayer/Monsanto, Mexican agribusiness seek glyphosate injunction 

The pressure by agribusiness interests continues. Bayer/Monsanto and Mexico’s National Agribusiness Council (CNA) filed for an injunction in Mexico courts to stop the glyphosate regulations. The coalition Sin Maiz No Hay Pais (Without Corn There is No Country) is collecting signatures on a petition opposing the injunction. Please sign on.

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Monsanto Papers Part 2: ‘I Just Want to Die’ • Children’s Health Defense

21-04-21 09:24:00,

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part two of a series of excerpts from “The Monsanto Papers.” Read part one.

Lee wouldn’t think about the sprayer accident again until many months later, when an odd-looking scaly lesion popped up just above his right knee. It itched and cracked and oozed. As time passed, the patch near his knee was matched by another on his arm. And another on his torso. Small bumps the size of BB pellets sprouted out of his skin.

Lee changed the laundry soap and dryer sheets his family used and tried an assortment of creams, but nothing helped. Dread grew with every new spot that erupted. Eventually, nearly Lee’s entire body, including his face and scalp, was covered in painful sores. Some became infected, including one on his head.

As his condition progressed, Lee’s once unmarred skin broke open at the slightest touch in some places, and wearing clothing became almost unbearably painful. A lesion even developed on one of his eyelids, making it impossible for him to open the eye without grimacing in pain. The softer the skin where the lesions sprouted, the more searing the pain, Lee learned.

Strangers started to stare when Lee went out. His sons’ friends asked if he’d been burned in a fire or suffered from some disfiguring disease. “What’s wrong with your dad?” became a common question for Ali when Lee attended a football practice. He took to wearing long sleeves, long pants, and large sunglasses in public, hoping to avoid the pitying glances from strangers.

In the early stages, when the skin eruptions were fewer, flatter, and less painful, Lee could still sometimes tell himself they might just be part of a weird rash. He kept going to work as usual and kept doing his regular rounds, including spraying weed killer. He convinced himself that the skin problems would resolve themselves, just as the bee stings and bloody scrapes he suffered on the job always had. But when the sores spread to his face, Lee had had enough.

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Landbouwgif van Monsanto geeft chemiereus Bayer gevoelige tik

12-03-20 11:24:00,

Het landbouwgif Roundup was ooit Monsanto’s grote succesnummer. Kort nadat concurrent Bayer het bedrijf had overgenomen, keerde het tij: het ene na het andere lijk rolde uit de kast, en in Amerika werd Monsanto tot enorme schadevergoedingen veroordeeld. Monsanto bleek weet te hebben gehad van de mogelijke gevaren van Roundup, maar bracht gelijktijdig wetenschappers in diskrediet die daarop wezen. Vincent Harmsen volgt de perikelen rond glyfosaat al jaren en zet de bewijsstukken op een rij.

Vanavond (12 maart 2020) is Vincent ook te zien in een documentaire van Zembla over de ‘Monsanto Papers’. De uitzending begint om 20:25 op NPO2.

Bayer zal mogelijk bezittingen van de hand  moeten doen, of geld moeten lenen tegen ‘ongunstige voorwaarden’, om de Roundup-schadeclaims in de Verenigde Staten te kunnen betalen. Die erkenning, waarmee het bedrijf nu voor het eerst naar buiten treedt, staat in het jaarverslag 2019 dat recent is gepubliceerd. Inmiddels hebben 48.600 kankerpatiënten een claim ingediend. Zij stellen ziek te zijn geworden door gebruik van de onkruidbestrijder Roundup. In 2018 nam Bayer de Amerikaanse Roundup-maker Monsanto over. 

De koop van Monsanto heeft het chemie- en farmaciebedrijf uit Leverkusen, uitvinder van de aspirine, in een van de zwaarste stormen uit haar 156-jarige bestaan gebracht. Op de beurs verloor het aandeel Bayer sinds de koop meer dan 40 procent van zijn waarde.

Monsanto werd ingelijfd voor 59 miljard euro: de grootste bedrijfsovername uit de Duitse geschiedenis. Lang kon Bayer niet van het succes genieten. Op 10 augustus 2018 – twee maanden nadat de overname was goedgekeurd door mededingingsautoriteiten – oordeelde een Amerikaanse rechtbank dat Monsanto Dewayne Johnson een schadevergoeding van 289 miljoen dollar moest betalen. Johnson heeft lymfklierkanker. Zijn ziekte zou door Roundup zijn veroorzaakt, en Monsanto zou het risico op kanker hebben verborgen. In twee andere zaken die volgden kwamen jury’s tot eenzelfde oordeel. Monsanto kreeg meer dan 2 miljard dollar aan schadevergoedingen en boetes opgelegd. (Dat bedrag is later door rechters weer verlaagd.) Bayer heeft tegen alle uitspraken beroep aangetekend.

Deze maand is een Amerikaanse belegger naar de rechter gestapt; ze eist financiële compensatie voor de ‘rampzalige’ overname van Monsanto

Het management van het bedrijf staat onder toenemende druk van kritische aandeelhouders. Tijdens de aandeelhoudersvergadering vorig jaar in Bonn stemden beleggers tegen een décharge voor ceo Werner Baumann,

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It’s Farmer v. Monsanto in Court Fight over Dicamba Herbicide – Global Research

07-02-20 02:59:00,

A showdown is underway in the Midwest as the owner of a large Missouri peach farm seeks to hold the former Monsanto Co. accountable for millions of dollars in damage to his crops—losses the farmer claims resulted from a corporate strategy to induce farmers to buy high-priced specialty seeds and chemicals.

The trial got underway on January 27 in US District Court in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Farmer Bill Bader, who has grown peaches in Missouri’s “Bootheel” region for 40 years, is seeking more than $20 million. The lawsuit alleges that Bader Farms lost more than 30,000 trees due to Monsanto’s actions, in collaboration with German chemical giant BASF, to profit from a new cropping system involving genetically engineered seeds designed to tolerate dousing of the herbicide dicamba.

Bader claims Monsanto sold GMO dicamba-tolerant soybean and cotton seeds despite knowing the actions would trigger chemical damage to farm fields that were not planted with the new seeds. The intent, the Bader Farms’ lawsuit alleges, was to induce farmers to buy the specialty seeds as a means to prevent crop damage from herbicide drift coming from neighboring farmers who were planting the GMO crops and spraying them with dicamba.

Testing showed that leaves of his dying peach trees carried traces of dicamba. The 5,000-acre family farm, which produced 5 million to 6 million pounds of peaches annually along with corn, soybeans, various berries, apples, and tomatoes, is now struggling to survive, according to Bader.

Monsanto, which was bought by Bayer AG in 2018, and BASF, which initially developed dicamba in the 1950s, have claimed that other factors are to blame for Bader’s problems on his farm, including a soil fungus. The companies deny they have any liability for his losses.

But among the evidence introduced at the Bader Farms trial are internal Monsanto documents showing that the company predicted thousands of drift complaints would occur after its new seed product launch.

Bader is only one of a large and growing group of US farmers who say they are the victims of a clearly foreseen chemical catastrophe many years in the making that has ruined crops covering millions of acres of farmland. Other lawsuits making similar claims have been filed on behalf of farmers from Mississippi,

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