Successful Tribunal and Peoples Assembly – What’s next?
Both the hearings of the Monsanto Tribunal and the parallel People’s Assembly were a great success. The victims are very happy that their voices have been heard, media coverage was positive especially in France and Germany, over 10,000 people in all continents watched parts of the livestream, many more were involved on social media and some 750 people from over 30 nationalities participated in these historic events in The Hague.
For those attending the very energetic People’s Assembly – the prosecutors in this Tribunal - it was clear that Monsanto is guilty of the violation of basic human rights. Now it is up to the five independent judges to give their legal opinion on this matter. They have indicated that they will need and take their time to come with a thoroughly founded advice that can be useful in other cases and in the discussion on the development of international law. The legal opinion will follow in spring (the beginning of 2017). We will keep you updated on the Monsanto files, new publications and developments and about the date chosen by the Judges to share their conclusions. read more here
Not only Monsanto: the Syngenta Blackbook
Monsanto is (a very bad) example of big chemical companies that poison us, pollute our environment and try to control our food supply. Another big polluter is Syngenta, the largest pesticide producer in the world. The company is now in a merger process with Chem-China, who is also a strategic partner of Monsanto. Syngenta is well-known for its bee-killing neonicotinoids (together with Bayer) and for the very toxic herbicide Paraquat, banned in Europe. The latter is widely used in the US and Latin America to kill weeds that have become resistant to Roundup, and also to kill and ‘dry’ Roundup ready soybeans.