Written by Arjun Walia
The person in the picture of this article is Clarence Thomas, a supreme court judge of the United States. Prior to this position, he was an assistant to State Attorney General John Danforth. When Danforth was elected into the U.S. Senate, Thomas became an attorney for Monsanto.
It’s not the first time Monsanto has been sued, and it won’t be the last. Last week, dozens of environmental activist groups, farmers and sustainable food organizations joined forces at the COP21 Paris to announce that Monsanto will face international tribunal over crimes against humanity and the environment.
The trial is set to place in October of 2016, more specifically, on World Food Day. The announcement was made at a press conference in Paris, again, by a number of environmental activist groups, farms and sustainable food organizations.
The reason why the announcement took place at the climate summit was because Monsanto is a major contributor to anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, not to mention the depletion of soil and water resources, declining biodiversity, species extinction and the displacement of millions of small farmers worldwide.
“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, and it will consider whether a reform of international criminal law is warranted to include crimes against the environment, or ecocide, as a prosecutable criminal offense, so that natural persons could incur criminal liability” (source)
The committee members as of now include: Vandana Shiva, Corinne Lepage, Marie-Monique Robin, Olivier de Schutter, Gilles-Eric Séralini and Hans Herren. This is quite an impressive list, Dr. Seralini was the one who published a groundbreaking study last year in Environmental Sciences Europe showing severe liver and kidney damage as well as hormonal disturbances in rats fed with GM maize in conjunction with low levels of Roundup that were below those permitted in most drinking water across Europe. Results also indicated high rates of large tumors and mortality in most treatment groups.
The crimes against humanity include a long list. Recently, the World Health Organization found that Glyphosate (main active ingredient in Monsanto’s roundup herbicide) can cause cancer. A recent study also found it to be 125 more toxic than regulators had claimed. This is disturbing because glyphosate is found in the urine of humans all over the world.
It’s not only glyphosate, agent orange, was another issue, the fact that their chemicals are linked to birth defects, deadly kidney disease, cancer and more are all of concern. Keep in mind this does not even include the pesticides that are sprayed on non-organic food.
The list is long, and I encourage you to do your research if you are curious. There is no shortage of information out there when it comes to this subject.
I will leave you with this video taken of Dr. Vandana Shiva, it has a powerful ending.
Originally posted @ Collective Evolution