Living in the confines of the United States can often give the impression that Monsanto is a freely operating, uncontested poison to the world. But that’s not the full picture. Most of the world considers Monsanto’s bullying tactics and oppressive stances against farmers, all in the name of spreading mutated poisonous seeds, to be criminal. Monsanto has deep pockets and the United States Government tends to get along with those that can line its own greedy pockets. Around the world which exist out of these confines, Monsanto is just a chemical producing health hazard. Now Monsanto is being placed on trial for Crimes Against Humanity, according to Sustainable Pulse.
“The Organic Consumers Association (OCA), IFOAM International Organics, Navdanya, Regeneration International (RI), and Millions Against Monsanto, joined by dozens of global food, farming and environmental justice groups announced today that they will put Monsanto MON (NYSE), a U.S.-based transnational corporation, on trial for crimes against nature and humanity, and ecocide, in The Hague, Netherlands, next year on World Food Day, October 16, 2016.”
This announcement was made promptly after the Monsanto Tribunal released this PR.
“The time is long overdue for a global citizens’ tribunal to put Monsanto on trial for crimes against humanity and the environment. We are in Paris this month to address the most serious threat that humans have ever faced in our 100-200,000 year evolution—global warming and climate disruption,” said Ronnie Cummins, president of the Organic Consumers Association. “Why is there so much carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide in the atmosphere and not enough carbon organic matter in the soil? Corporate agribusiness, industrial forestry, the garbage and sewage industry and agricultural biotechnology have literally killed the climate-stabilizing, carbon-sink capacity of the Earth’s living soil.”
Monsanto’s criminal case includes criminal activity against the environment.
The Monsanto Tribunal, which will be held in The Hague from October 12 to 16, 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 Statue 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.
Monsanto has a not so unique way of typically buying its way out of these “troubles,” however this case is different. The American company is on trial outside of its safe haven – the United States. Monsanto does tremendous business internationally, they don’t discriminate when it comes to crapping on the world, so it isn’t as if the company can just hide behind a Waffle House. They are going to need to answer to these charges on an international level. It is a sad day when we are reminded that the United States, a country which should be pouncing the gavel of justice against criminal organizations such as Monsanto, are just standing by as bystanders and operating as a safe harbor.
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