16 thoughts on “Will Monsanto kill Ukraine’s farmers?

  1. Dear friends across the EU,

    Top scientists warn the most commonly used herbicide in the world probably causes cancer! Monsanto is demanding the World Health Organisation retract their ground-breaking report. And experts say the only way to ensure the science is not silenced is if the public demands action, now.

    The regulatory system is renowned for being secretive and captured by the agro-chemical industry. But we have a unique moment right now — the EU is officially reassessing glyphosate, with similar processes underway in the US, Canada, and Brazil. And the Netherlands, Sri Lanka, and El Salvador are all looking at a ban.

    The threat is clear — this poison is used on our food, our fields, our playgrounds, and our streets. Let’s get it suspended. Join the urgent call and tell everyone:


    Monsanto is up in arms. Glyphosate brings in $6 billion per year. It is the basis of RoundUp, the chemical cornerstone of Monsanto’s Genetically Modified empire. The company says the WHO report ignored studies showing glyphosate is safe. But these scientists are 17 of the world’s top oncology experts, not a bunch of crazies! They comprehensively reviewed independent studies, excluding those done by companies seeking product approval.

    Regulators rely mainly on tests done by the companies trying to sell the poisons! Key results are kept from the public because they contain ‘commercially confidential information’, and 58% of the scientific panels in the EU Food and Safety Agency are linked to the sector. It’s nuts, but that is the system we have. And that’s why it’s going to take all of us to make sure this crucial independent report isn’t ignored.

    Some countries have already put bans on glyphosate. Now with the EU, the US, Canada, and Brazil all reviewing it, we have an incredible chance to turn the tide worldwide.

    Fifty years ago Monsanto’s pesticide DDT was everywhere until the seminal book Silent Spring showed it could cause cancer — a decade later it was banned. If this could cause cancer, let’s not let it be sold for ten more years. Let’s demand emergency precautionary action now. Join now and spread the word:


    We’ve done it before — we helped win a moratorium on bee-killing neonicotinoids in the EU and stop a Monsanto mega seed factory in Argentina. Now let’s protect our health and make sure we aren’t being used as lab rats. This could be a breakthrough moment in the fight for the safe, sustainable agriculture our world needs.

    With hope,

    Bert, Marigona, Antonia, Oliver, Alice, Emily, Danny, Nataliya, Ricken and the whole Avaaz team

    More information:

    New study points to link between weedkiller glyphosate and cancer (FT)

    Monsanto seeks retraction for report linking herbicide to cancer (Reuters)

    Weed Killer, Long Cleared, is Doubted (New York Times)

    The Real Reason to Worry About GMOs (Mother Jones)

    Groups seek EPA glyphosate review after WHO ‘carcinogenic’ link (Agri Pulse)

    More sources:


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  5. Le Monde Diplomatique. “En Allemagne, main basse sur les terres de l’Est.” By Rachel Knaebel, September 2015. http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2015/09/KNAEBEL/53690

    Translated: “In Germany, hands on the lands of the East. ” After experiencing the Prussian nobility, collectivization, cooperatives and transition, agriculture is German now arouses the appetite of big investors often foreign to the sector. A situation paradoxically favored by the structures inherited from the communist regime.

    Look at that! “Stefan Palme turns to a map of agricultural land in the area displayed on his computer screen. He is in his fifties and runs an organic grain farm 80 kilometers north of Berlin. One thousand one hundred hectares of wheat, rye, spelled, barley, oats, and partly farmhouse built in the seventeenth century on a former area of ​​junkers, the big landowners in the Prussian nobility. On the map, the man points out colorful polygons “The red patches are the Land of Brandenburg, the pink patches belong to the Church. “Then he points to the wider area: ” These lands belong to Steinhoff, those to Thomas Philipps. ” [Junker: lesser noble, landed aristocracy. Landownership was part of their noble privileges)]

    Steinhoff is a large German manufacturer of furniture, backed by an international holding company with its headquarters in South Africa. Thomas Philipps owns a chain of series of fine stores. Faced with such competition, even the large farm of Mr. Palme is no weight when it comes to buying or leasing land. “That’s the situation right now. There is a fight for each field. It’s the Wild West, “says the Bavarians settled in the area since 1996.

    Soon after reunification in 1990, East German agriculture saw the arrival of investors without a farming past but with well-filled pockets. The boss of an industrial empire of waste management (Remondis) has purchased in 1994 a number of 465 agricultural estates managed by the State at the time of the German Democratic Republic (GDR). Called “property of the people”, these farms accounted for less than one tenth of the land is cultivated German. Agriculture in the GDR was organized instead around agricultural production cooperatives, subject to the control regime but consist of land and equipment pooled during forced collectivization that lasted until 1960 – in 1945, the Soviets had expropriated landowners with more than 100 hectares and state-owned land. Over three (…) – – – – – – – – – – – – – – X

    The Local, 26 Jan. 2014. “ ‘Land grab’ ups prices in eastern Germany.“ “European subsidies encourage ‘land grabbing’, because they’re currently guaranteed for a period of seven years,” In Hungary, the low cost of land has attracted investors from wealthy EU member states with the prospect of capturing lucrative agricultural subsidies following Hungary’s accession to the EU, La Via Campesina said. / It is a problem in Bulgaria and Romania too. / In Romania, foreign investors hold around 800,000 hectares or eight percent of all arable land, with Italians leading the race followed by Germans, Austrians, Danes and Dutch investors. / The investors include names such as KTG Agrar, a publicly listed agricultural group based in Hamburg, which owns 32,000 hectares in Germany, essentially in the east. / http://www.thelocal.de/20140126/land-grabbing-pushes-up-prices-in-eastern-germany

    ‘Land grab in eastern Germany.” Monocultures causing a dramatic reduction in plant diversity. KTG Agrar company. ( the first German agricultural business on the stock market ) http://www.dw.com/en/land-grab-in-eastern-germany/g-17114743

    ARC, 8 July, 2013. “Landgrabbing on Berlin’s doorstep: a public statement.” (ARC – Argricultural and rural Convention).
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    [In Prussia, the Junkers were the members of the landed nobility in Prussia. They owned great estates that were maintained and worked by peasants with few rights.[1]As landed aristocrats, the Junkers owned most of the arable land in Prussia. After World War II, during the communist Bodenreform (land reform) of September 1945 in the Soviet Occupation Zone, later East Germany, all private property exceeding an area of 100 hectares (250 acres) was nationalised and redistributed to Volkseigene Güter (“publicly owned estates”, VEG). As most of these large estates, especially in Brandenburg and Western Pomerania, had belonged to Junkers, the government promoted their plans with the slogan Junkerland in Bauernhand! (“Junker land into farmer’s hand”). After German reunification, some Junkers tried to regain their former estates through civil lawsuits]. wikipedia


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