Monsanto in Trouble While Citizens Mobilize -
International Monsanto Tribunal News and related.
Date: 8/2/2016 1:52:24 AM ( 14 mon ) ... viewed 417 times
October 1, 2017 -
"Monsanto is launching a super poison that kills plants in its path -- except for Monsanto GMOs. It even flies through the air onto neighbouring land!
But in days we can shut it down.
After a massive outcry from 1,000 affected farmers, a key US state could now ban this poison. This will set a precedent to influence regulation around the world.
Monsanto is mounting an intense pressure campaign, and hoping to keep it to a local fight. But if one million of us sign this petition now, we’ll submit it to the official process and show that the whole world wants this toxic chemical out of our fields and off our food! Add your name!":
September 26, 2017 -
In this newsletter: expiration of the glyphosate's licence in Europe, Monsanto Papers scandal, glyphosate residues discovered in foodproducts and thorough investigations about Monsanto's work...
In a recent YouTube video [about the "real Morpheus" (i.e."The Matrix")] a reference was made to Monsanto and like business models that corrupt a system (whether of nature's technology or Man's) in order to provide products to fill the gaps created by their corruption.
April 20, 2017 -
Monsanto’s activities have negative impact on basic human rights -
Legal opinion: Better regulation needed to protect victims of multinational corporations. On Tuesday April 18th the five international judges of the Monsanto Tribunal presented their legal opinion. They have come to important conclusions, both on the conduct of Monsanto and on necessary developments in international law.
The judges conclude that Monsanto has engaged in practices which have negatively impacted the right to a healthy environment, the right to food and the right to health. On top of that Monsanto's conduct is negatively affecting the right to freedom indispensable for scientific research.
Also: "In the third part of the advisory opinion, the Tribunal focusses on the widening gap between international human rights law and corporate accountability. It calls for the need to assert the primacy of international human and environmental rights law. A set of legal rules is in place to protect investors rights in the frame of the World Trade Organization and in bilateral investment treaties and in clauses in free-trade agreements. These provisions tend to undermine the capacity of nations to maintain policies, laws and practices protecting human and environmental rights."
This "opinion" underscores the urgent need to revoke the legal status of so called "citizenship" for corporations as well as their presumed "personhood" that had previously come about in part through fraudulent action under color of law. Simultaneously to the revocation would be a return to a very limited corporate charter issued by the state as the basis for the existence of the corporation (just as it was up till the legal fraud that occurred in the late 1800s).
See the summary and full reports.
August 2, 2016 -
"The Monsanto Tribunal is an international civil society initiative to hold Monsanto accountable for human rights violations, for crimes against humanity, and for ecocide. Eminent judges will hear testimonies from victims, and deliver an advisory opinion following procedures of the International Court of Justice. A parallel People's Assembly provides the opportunity for social movements to rally and plan for the future we want.
The Monsanto Tribunal, which will be held in The Hague from 14 to 16 October 2016, aims to assess these allegations made against Monsanto, and to evaluate the damages caused by this transnational company. The Tribunal will rely on the 'Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights' adopted at the UN in 2011. It will also assess potential criminal liability on the basis of the Rome Statute that created the International Criminal Court in The Hague in 2002. The Tribunal shall also assess the conduct of Monsanto as regards the crime of ecocide, which it has been proposed to include in international criminal law. It shall examine whether the Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court in force since 2002 should be reformed, in order to include the crime of ecocide and to allow for the prosecution of individual and legal entities suspected of having committed this crime."
Oct. 15th -
Veterinarian Art Dunham spoke this morning and that inspired me to research carbon sequestering and as a result I offer a page of videos
The chairwoman of the Tribunal, Judge Tulkens, expressed the importance of the Tribunal in an interview with the French newspaper, Le Monde: "The questions of the access to water and to healthy food are old. Those are not new issues coming out of the mind of angry activists. ... It is our duty to set legal tools to face those issues. The Monsanto Tribunal is a step and a tool within this dynamic."
Judge Tulkens was also asked: What is the purpose of this Tribunal Monsanto that you agreed to chair?
(Following from Google translate)
Françoise Tulkens: "We will deliberate among us, the five judges to issue an "advisory opinion" .... Six questions are we on the rights recognized by international law, such as the right to food, the right to a better state of health or the right to freedom indispensable for scientific research."
Does that mean you have the legal tools to condemn Monsanto?
"We will not pronounce judgment. We will give an advisory opinion. Specifically, we will check if Monsanto's activities are in compliance with the laws as they exist in the UN legal instruments essentially I mentioned. We are therefore not a court that condemned the criminal nor civil judge at fault."
What do you mean by "ecocide"?
"This offense does not yet exist and for this we must first define it precisely. Genocide is a crime against humanity aimed at the partial or total destruction of a group of persons because of their nationality, ethnicity, race or religion. The ecocide would be a 'genocide' committed to the environment, environmental damage that would alter serious and sustainable ecosystems upon which human life. The International Criminal Court here in The Hague, decided on 15 September to include environmental concerns in its field of investigation, it is evolving."
Nnimmo Bassey at the opening said: "Being an ambassador to this Tribunal is like being an ambassador to mother Earth. If mother Earth could speak, Monsanto ought to be in jail long before now. Food is a celebration, it is culture, it is life. This is a struggle not against one multinational corporation, it is a struggle for life, it is a struggle for liberty. A struggle to stop big companies from colonizing our food systems, colonizing our agriculture, holding mother Earth as a slave for their profits."
November 8, 2016 -
"Both the hearings of the Monsanto Tribunal and the parallel People’s Assembly were a great success. ... 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)."
March 6, 2017 -
Just received an update from the Tribunal team with additional information on the following:
"Within just a few weeks, two studies were published in the peer-reviewed journal Scientific Reports that cast new doubts on the safety of genetically modified foods and glyphosate herbicide. The first found that a genetically modified corn, NK 603, was not substantially equivalent to a non-GMO counterpart, which is contrary to claims of GMO proponents. The second study found that glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, can cause a serious liver disease at doses thousands of times lower than that allowed by law."
"Dr. Michael Antoniou: We used a modern in-depth compositional analysis to test the claim that a genetically engineered corn variety, NK603, was substantially equivalent to an isogenic non-GMO counterpart.
The establishment of substantial equivalence is a foundation for safety evaluation of GMO crops. In the United States and in other countries, the crops that have been commercialized are claimed to be substantially equivalent to non-GMO equivalents, and therefore safe.
But the kind of compositional analyses done thus far to see if a GMO crop is substantially equivalent is a crude nutritional analysis of total protein, fats, and vitamins.
If you use cutting-edge molecular profiling methods as we did, they will provide a spectrum of different types of proteins and small molecule metabolites. It’s a very in-depth analysis.
Does the claim of substantial equivalence stand up to this fine compositional analysis? No, it doesn’t. Our analysis found over 150 different proteins whose levels were different between the GMO NK603 and its non-GMO counterpart. More than 50 small molecule metabolites were also significantly different in their amounts.
They indicate that there were changes in the protein profile that were reflective of an imbalance in energy metabolism and oxidative stress. In terms of metabolite changes, the most pronounced were increased levels of two polyamines. These polyamines, putrescine and especially cadaverine, can be toxic in certain contexts when consumed in large amounts.
The bottom line of the paper is that once you do a compositional analysis properly, the GMO corn doesn’t stand up to claims of substantial equivalence. This questions the validity of a key step in the GM corn’s approval process.
A more detailed safety evaluation should have been conducted for this corn."
This report underscores the saying: "The devil is in the details"!
 the French newspaper, Le Monde:
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