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Tribunal gathers evidence of Monsanto´s ecocide

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

23.10.2016 Karin Heinze

The Monsanto Tribunal was held in the middle of October in The Hague. A panel of five prestigious judges listened to witnesses from all over the world. Lawyers, farmers, mothers, health experts and scientists made serious accusations against the American chemicals and seed corporation Monsanto. The aim is to incorporate ecocide into international law. The People´s Assembly, that was held in parallel to the Tribunal, has already  “condemned“ Monsanto (watch the videos). More reports from The Hague.


People’s Assembly Verdict: Monsanto guilty of crimes against the planet and humanity

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

20.10.2016 Editor

Monsanto and the Poison Cartel are guilty of crimes against our planet and humanity. This is the verdict from the People’s Assembly organized in the Hague alongside the Monsanto Tribunal.


Ecocide must be punishable

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

18.10.2016 Karin Heinze

Tribunals are being launched because of serious crimes to accuse and punish crimes against humanity. The Monsanto Tribunal and the People's Assembly has taken place in The Hague from 14 to 16 October. Our blog gives details of the event.


How brands implement non-GMO standards

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

13.10.2016 Editor

Since there are currently no federal government regulations that quantify the levels of GMOs or that require the labeling of foods containing GMOs in the United States, Hain Celestial  has participated in the Non-GMO Project (“NGP”).


Monsanto Tribunal starts tomorrow

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

13.10.2016 Editor

Tribunals are being launched because of serious crimes to accuse and punish crimes against humanity. The Monsanto Tribunal and the People's Assembly will take place in The Hague from 14 to 16 October.


Bayer-Monsanto merger about to happen

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

11.10.2016 Editor

On 24 September, the board of Monsanto agreed to accept the offer of Bayer to purchase Monsanto for $66 billion pending regulatory approval. The outcome will depend on the European Commission’s decision in Brussels.


Public trial of Monsanto for ecocide

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

08.10.2016 Editor

Over 800 organizations from around the world are supporting and participating in this process while over 100 people's assemblies and tribunals are being held across the world.


EU Parliament objects to new GMO authorisations

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

06.10.2016 Editor

Today the European Parliament voted to oppose the authorisation proposal for cultivation and for import and use in food and feed of five GMOs.


US Senate overrides stringent GMO labelling

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

28.09.2016 Editor

The US Senate has, with 63 votes to 30, voted for a law prescribing standard labelling nationwide for genetically modified foods. This means that the stricter labelling rules of individual states like Vermont are nullified.


German retail trade wants more GMO-free milk

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

26.09.2016 Redaktion

With the introduction of  its Milbona brand GMO-free fresh milk nationwide, the German discounter Lidl has set an example. More retailers are expected to follow suit and will soon be selling GMO-free milk.


Jumbo merger: takeover of Monsanto by Bayer

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

15.09.2016 Leo Frühschütz

The German chemicals corporation Bayer has announced  the friendly take-over of its US competitor Monsanto. Bayer is paying Monsanto shareholders US$128  per share - a premium of 44 % on the quoted price.


Monsanto in court

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

23.08.2016 Karin Heinze

Tribunals are set up to deal with serious crimes, to indict people guilty of crimes against humanity and to punish them. In the middle of October the Monsanto Tribunal will be held in The Hague. For three days, this symbolic citizens' court will hear plaintiffs from all over the world present a summary of the offences committed by Monsanto. The aim is to get the criminal offence of ecocide recognised in international law.Taking place in parallel, the People´s Assembly will work on devising strategies and concepts for conserving resources and ensuring a viable future.


Monsanto Tribunal & People’s Assembly

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

11.08.2016 Editor

Together, the IFOAM Organics International, Navdanya, Organic Consumers Association, Biovision and many more are organizing The People’s Assembly as well as The Monsanto Tribunal, 14 -16 October 2016 in The Hague, Netherlands.


Monsanto Tribunal: Vadana Shiva´s Call to Action

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

01.08.2016 Editor

The Monsanto Tribunal is an international civil society initiative to hold Monsanto accountable for human rights violations, for crimes against humanity, and for ecocide. Dr. Vandana Shiva calls to action and explains the background.


USA: organic farmers criticise corporation-dominated organic umbrella organization

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

21.07.2016 Editor

The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) has withdrawn from the Organic Trade Association (OTA) and severly criticised the position it adopted in the dispute about GMO labelling in the USA.


EU: member states support restrictions of use for Glyphosate

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

13.07.2016 Editor

The European Union Member States have voted in favor of limiting the use of the world’s most used herbicide, glyphosate, the European Commission announced on Monday.

 


Spanish government does not respond to the risk of massive transgenic contamination

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

05.07.2016 Editor

The appearance of teosinte is having serious consequences for agriculture. The situation could worsen if it crosses with genetically modified maize.


Glyphosate Update: Final EU Commission decision

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

30.06.2016 Editor

The Commission adopted the extension of the current approval of glyphosate for a limited period until the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has concluded its review and gave recommendations on the use of glyphosate.


Glyphosate is to receive 18 months extension

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

29.06.2016 Editor

As the European Commissioner, Vytenis Andriukaitis announced on Tuesday at a meeting of EU agriculture ministers in Luxembourg the Commission will extend the European approval for the controversial weedkiller glyphosate to 18 months.


Largest independent’ study on crop biotechnology under scrutiny

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

17.06.2016 Editor

The Factor GMO is a project primarily organized by a Russian NGO called the National Association for Genetic Safety (NAGS) and claims to be the worlds largest independent study of GMO safety.


Bayer&Monsanto: the next merger in the agrochemical industry is imminent

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

14.06.2016 Editor

Merger mania has broken out among agrochemical corporations. Chinese ChemChina wants to buy Swiss Syngenta, Dow Chemical and DuPont want to join and Bayer has offered US$62bn for its competitor Monsanto.


EU: glyphosate authorisation fails again

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

09.06.2016 Editor

For the third time the EU Commission's proposal to extend the authorisation of the herbicide glyphosate did not gain a qualified majority.


China: consequences of the Syngenta acquisition

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

17.05.2016 Editor

With the aquisition of Swiss GMO company Syngenta China puts genetically modified food on menu. But a majority of Chinese consumers don´t want it.


Modified mushrooms not considered as GMO

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

10.05.2016 Editor

The U.S. Department of Agriculture regulators pondered an outwardly unremarkable mushroom for two and a half years before they decided its GMO status earlier this month.


What happens when EU states approve glyphosate again

Genetic Engineering, Genetic Engineering

10.05.2016 Leo Frühschütz

The European parliament submitted a compromise proposal for extending the authorisation of the controversial herbicide glyphosate and voted with a big majority for certain conditions and an extension of only seven instead of fifteen years. This proposal is, however, not legally binding.The fact that the decision was postponed was a morale-booster for many people who oppose pesticides. Our author Leo Frühschütz spoke with Heike Moldenhauer, the expert in genetic engineering at the German Organisation for Environment and Nature Protection (BUND), about the chances of still being able to prevent a renewal of the authorisation of glyphosate.


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