After six months of review, a tribunal held in The Hague found that Monsanto has engaged in practices that have violated the basic human right to a healthy environment, the right to food, the right to health, and the right of scientists to freely conduct indispensable research. The tribunal viewed Monsanto’s “ecocide” ‘as a crime that should be recognized in international law
That’s how Europe sees it and Europe has been ahead of the pack when it comes to such things as banning GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and banning harmful pesticides and insecticides that continue to be manufactured and used in the United States.
In one U.S. study glyphosate, the key ingredient in “Roundup” herbicide, was found in every stream sample examined in Mississippi in a two-year period and in most air samples taken. That means people are either drinking it or inhaling it.
Unfortunately, we cannot expect a Europe-like ruling any time soon because Monsanto has ties to governmental regulators. As was mentioned in an earlier blog posting, Monsanto was tipped off by the EPA in enough time to cook up favorable studies its own people ghost wrote and attempted to publish through noted academics.
Monsanto only cares about one thing – profit. It won’t let something as trivial as human health and environmental damage get in its way.