International lawyers and NGOs launch tribunal to try Monsanto for "ecocide"
Initiative is unique and unprecedented, says journalist Marie-Monique Robin
A group of lawyers and NGOs have launched the “Monsanto Tribunal” to try Monsanto for the crime of ecocide. The tribunal will be held in The Hague, Netherlands, from.
The tribunal is supported by organisations such as Via Campesina, the Organic Consumers Association, and GRAIN.
Members of the steering committee include Indian environmentalist Vandana Shiva; the lawyer and former French environment minister Corinne Lepage; the journalist and maker of the film The World According to Monsanto, Marie-Monique Robin; the former UN special rapporteur on the right to food and co-chair of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food), Olivier de Schutter; the scientist Gilles-Eric Séralini; and the president of the Millennium Institute, Hans Herren.
The tribunal intends to "judge the crimes charged to the American multinational in the environmental and health field and contribute to the recognition of the crime of ecocide in international law”.
The tribunal’s website says, “According to its critics, Monsanto is able to ignore the human and environmental damage caused by its products and maintain its devastating activities through a strategy of systemic concealment: by lobbying regulatory agencies and governments, by resorting to lying and corruption, by financing fraudulent scientific studies, by pressuring independent scientists, by manipulating the press and media, etc. The history of Monsanto would thereby constitute a text-book case of impunity, benefiting transnational corporations and their executives, whose activities contribute to climate and biosphere crises and threaten the safety of the planet.”
In addition to Monsanto, the tribunal intends to mount a "best case" to denounce "all multinational companies which are driven by the profit motive and thereby threaten human health and the safety of the planet".
The initiative is “unique and unprecedented”, says Marie-Monique Robin.
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Nov 11 and 12, 2015
Global Unity in Quest for Integrity in Food Supply
Announcements from the UK showed scientists and citizens fo the world that the international community has united and risen up to stand for transparency and integrity in our food supply.
Nov 11 it was announced in the UK that Russian and European scientists have launched a 25 million dollar GMO study that has all the parameters that have been missing in a life long study on rats fed GMos. The feeding study will test various GMOs, Roundup and glyphosate separately. The scientists are independant from chemical companies and declare it a nuetral study. It is the first time we can recollect that scientists in this area have announced ahead of time that they are conducting such a study. Usually the work and the identity of scientist are held in secrecy for months if not years after the study and peer review is complete to protect the identity of the scientist. Apparently, with 25 million dollars in backing, the scientists feel confident to reveal themselves. We are grateful, because this announcement is highly encouraging for those of us who have been struggling to make sense of what occurs as obvious health risks related to GMOs and the lack of life time animal studies to prove it. We have some studies, but the media has not accepted their validity and the oppposition only discredits any study showing harm. Our question to GMO proponenets has been, "If you disagree with the results of the Seralini or Ermakova rat studies showing increased growth and weight gain, infertility, sterility, tumors and loss of young, why not replicate them?"
BT Toxin scientist, Dr. Fedrici's response on Nov 6 at a GMO debate with Zen Honeycutt was, "We don't want to waste our time on an irrelevant study." GMO proponent Alan McHughen's response was "Why waste the lives of rats..."
Now the study will be repeated, with thousands of rats, with world class scientists, working together. And the results will be undeniable. It is a triumph of human dedication to discover the reality of GMOs, to demand transparency of the impact of GMOs and to stand for integrity in our food supply.
See the news media about the study here: