Recently, the International Monsanto Tribunal, based in Hague, Netherlands, declared that Monsanto’s activities do not just adversely affect the world’s access to food, but also negatively affect the human right to health – and that the company is also guilty of “perverting scientific freedom.” The Tribunal describes itself as “an international civil society initiative to hold Monsanto accountable for human rights violations, for crimes against humanity, and for ecocide.”
After hearing the testimonies of 30 witnesses and experts from five continents, the tribunal, consisting of five internationally acclaimed judges, stated that the company’s seed empire adversely affects the world’s access to food, and that by manufacturing and distributing substances such as PCBs(polychlorinated biphenyls) and glyphosate, Monsanto has infringed on the public’s right to high standards of health.
Additionally, the tribunal found that Monsanto perverts scientific freedom by practicing forms of intimidation, pressuring governments, and discrediting legitimate scientific research that supports public health and environmental protection.
As the tribunal explains, Monsanto has been profiting from their creation of destructive and harmful compounds since the early 20th century. These toxic products, like PCBs, Agent Orange, Lasso and Roundup, have created untold damage to the environment and made thousands upon thousands of people sick. In addition to spreading poisonous chemicals around the globe, Monsanto also advocates and promotes deleterious and unsustainable farming practices that contribute to the following problems:
• Soil degradation,
• depletion of water resources,
• species extinction,
• reduced biodiversity, and
• the displacement of small farms.
In addition to all that, Monsanto’s business of seed patenting threatens food freedom and sovereignty. This is a huge problem that for some reason hasn’t received the media coverage it deserves.
As critics of Monsanto point out, the biotech company has spent enormous amounts of money to defend itself against lawsuits brought by its victims. However, thus far legal action has yet to inspire the company to change its ways. Critics also claim that Monsanto is guilty of lobbying governments and regulatory agencies to keep its products on the market, and to keep scrutinizing eyes at bay.
While the ruling from the International Monsanto Tribunal is not legally binding, there is hope that their verdict will inspire other governments and agencies to get on board. The fact that an international body has found Monsanto guilty of crimes against humanity, violations of human rights and for ecocide is a tremendous step forward toward the goal of ending the corporation’s reign of harm.
John Tomlinson, a lawyer in our Toxic Torts Section, has filed Roundup cases in both state and federal courts and is currently investigating other Roundup exposure cases. If you need more information on this contact subject, John at 800-898-2034 or by email at John.Tomlinson@beasleyallen.com.
Sources: ANH-USA.org, Monsanto-Tribunal.org Newstarget –May 5 2017
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