Posts Tagged ‘Monsanto’

Europe go glyphosate-free

May 30, 2016

Let’s make glyphosate history.

Glyphosate is a carcinogenic herbicide produced by Monsanto under the trade name of Roundup.

It is found everywhere,  including in our food.

6 June could be the day that European governments give in to pressure from the agrochemical lobby and approve glyphosate weedkiller for years more, despite warnings from the UN’s International Agency for Research on Cancer. Or it could be for Monsanto their worst Monday ever.

Let’s make Monday a nightmare for Monsanto.

We helped to deny Big Ag their victory twice already, when the European Commission failed to win enough support from governments in March and in May to give glyphosate a green light.

The Commission needs the approval of 16 European governments, representing at least 65% of the EU’s population. Even states with a massive agrochemical industry like Germany can be moved by people power, but other states will put agrochemical industry interests above public safety concerns. It’s down to the wire – so we need to raise a ruckus like never before:

Tell EU governments not to approve glyphosate weedkiller, when they meet in Brussels next Monday to consider the European Commission’s proposal.

Multinationals like Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta, Dow and DuPont have made fortunes selling glyphosate weedkiller and glyphosate-tolerant genetically engineered crops (GMOs) around the world. But glyphosate’s European license is set to expire at the end of June.

A spokesperson from the Commission said recently:

If no decision is taken before 30 June, glyphosate will be no longer authorised in the EU and member states will have to withdraw authorisations for all glyphosate based products.

We are so close!

Thanks to the massive efforts of environmentalists, activists, independent scientists and critical journalists, it looks like the tides might finally be turning against Monsanto and glyphosate. Two times in a row, European governments have refused to back the Commission’s reckless proposal to relicense glyphosate. It’s time for Brussels and the big chemicals corporations to understand that people want to detox our food system. Let’s make glyphosate history.

Please sign and share the petition to the 28 EU member states, asking them not to approve glyphosate weedkiller next Monday.

Monsanto Law: Monsanto claims ownership of seeds in Ghana

November 24, 2014
Ghana protests Monsanto Law

Ghana protests Monsanto Law

If you are a farmer, you save your seeds, even more so if you are a subsistence farmer. It is part of what you do, it is what farmers have done for generations. Save the seeds from the harvest, selecting out the best seeds from the best crops, sowing the seeds, looking after the crop, harvesting the crop, saving the seeds, and so the cycle repeats itself season after season.

By this process of selection, farmers select what is best suited to their land, their environment, their climate.

It results in many thousands of varieties, not a handful of varieties that make agriculture prone to disasters.

With the rapid change occurring under climate change, we need this wide genetic variety.

Sometimes disaster strikes, the crop fails. In parts of the world when this happens, farmers bring in seeds from another farm, another village, they still plant their own saved seed, but they will also plant the new seed.

In Ghana, this upsets the profits of Monsatan aka evil Monsanto. How can they sell seeds if farmers insist on sowing their own seeds? How can they sell their nasty chemicals, if farmers have crops that are performing well, when generations of farmers have selected seeds that suit their farm, their locality.

Monsanto has the answer. Outlaw the saving of seeds, then farmers have no choice than to buy from Monsatan, Monsanto Law as it is known. Under the Monsanto Law, farmers that use seed varieties claimed under new intellectual property rights by individuals and companies anywhere in the world risk hefty fines or even imprisonment.

Corrupt politicians in Ghana, like corrupt politicians everywhere, are for sale to the highest bidder. they will happily enslave their own country, so long as their own pockets get lined.

What is happening in Ghana, is part of a trend across Africa, industrialisation of agriculture, food produced not for local mouths to be shipped to Western markets.

Please sign the petition calling for the scrapping of Monsanto Law.

The UK as a member of G8, is one of those countries under the guise of Third World aid, is pushing Monsanto Law via New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, which in essence is a global corporate land grab for Africa, colonisation Mk II.

Please ask your Member of Parliament to sign an Early Day Motion (EDM 466) on Food Sovereignty.

In Guatemala, large-scale protests forced its government to cancel a similar law restricting the use of indigenous seed. We can do the same in Ghana.

Monsanto is the epitome of evil.

Starbucks does not want you to know what muck goes in its coffee

November 9, 2014


We have the right to know what is in our coffee? What muck Starbucks is pouring into their red cups? Right? Not if you are Starbucks or Monsanto. They are taking Vermont to court to try an overturn a state law that requires labelling.

Starbucks doesn’t think you have the right to know what’s in your coffee. So it’s teamed up with Monsanto to sue the small US State of Vermont to stop you from finding out.

Hiding behind the shadowy Grocery Manufacturers Association, Starbucks is supporting a lawsuit that’s aiming to block a landmark law that requires genetically-modified ingredients be labelled. Amazingly, it claims that the law is an assault on corporations’ right to free speech. Even a local Vermont company, Green Mountain Coffee, has joined in.

Vermont is a small rural state with just 600,000 people. It’s a classic David and Goliath fight Vermont v Starbucks and Monsanto.

Tax-dodging, poor working conditions, disgusting coffee, Starbucks has given us yet another reason to boycott Starbucks.

There is a lot more at stake here than just whether GMO foods should be labelled in a single US state. It is whether Big Business can dictate legislation.

Vermont is the first state in the US to require labelling. many other states have said that they will follow this path — in order to encourage this, we need to ensure that Vermont’s law holds under corporate bullying.

That’s why Monsanto and its new allies are fighting so hard to kill GMO labeling in Vermont.

Tell Starbucks what you think using their #redcups hashtag.

Please sign the petition to tell Starbucks and Green Mountain Coffee to withdraw their support for the lawsuit against Vermont, and stop fighting accurate food labelling.

No1 Top Story in The wk4coffee Daily (Sunday 9 November 2014).

US against Europe Over Monsanto GM Crops

January 13, 2011

US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks reveal the Bush administration drew up ways to retaliate against Europe for refusing to use genetically modified seeds. In 2007, then-US ambassador to France Craig Stapleton was concerned about France’s decision to ban cultivation of genetically modified corn produced by biotech giant Monsanto. He also warned that a new French environmental review standard could spread anti-biotech policy across Europe.

Also see

Monsanto GMOs Linked To Organ Failure

Percy Schmeiser vs Monsanto

Genetic Engineering – Paradise on Earth or a Descent into Hell?

Monsanto GMOs Linked To Organ Failure

September 24, 2010

Also see

Percy Schmeiser vs Monsanto

Genetic Engineering – Paradise on Earth or a Descent into Hell?

Percy Schmeiser vs Monsanto

September 18, 2010

from Democracy Now

Percy Schmeiser vs Monsanto: The Story of a Canadian Farmer’s Fight to Defend the Rights of Farmers and the Future of Seeds

also see

Genetic Engineering – Paradise on Earth or a Descent into Hell?

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