Monsanto glyphosate causes German government conflict


This CBS video from the USA says about itself:

New court papers charge Monsanto manipulated data about safety of Roundup weed killer

15 March 2017

Hundreds of people around the country have been suing Monsanto over glyphosate, the main ingredient in the weed killer Roundup, claiming it causes cancer. Filings from one lawsuit now suggest the company tried to influence studies about the product’s dangers. Mireya Villarreal reports.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV, 27 November 2017:

Weed killer disturbs German coalition talks

The vote on the extended use of the weed killer glyphosate in Europe has already put pressure on the talks about a grand coalition government in Germany.

Germany voted in favour of the proposal to allow glyphosate for another five years, against the wishes of Minister Hendricks (SPD party) of Environment. She publicly stated that she had agreed with Minister Schmidt of Agriculture that Germany would abstain from voting. Two hours before the vote she had informed Schmidt that she was against the extension.

However, Schmidt, member of the CSU party, voted in favour.

For himself alone

SPD party leader Andrea Nahles says that the vote proves that Chancellor Merkel does not control her sister party CSU. According to Nahles, Schmidt decided to vote for himself alone.

The conflict comes on the day that Merkel pressured her current coalition partner [SPD] to continue the Grand Coalition. She said that the two parties should form a stable government, in view of major challenges that the country faces in the international and domestic areas.

Sugar industry withheld evidence linking sucrose to bladder cancer for five decades: here.

Insect-resistant cotton from American seedmaker Monsanto was supposed to be a savior for the poor nation of Burkina Faso. So why did the country abandon it? Here.

A new Cornell study published this month in Environmental Pollution finds that glyphosate, the active herbicidal ingredient in widely used weed killers like Roundup, was present at low levels in a variety of dog and cat foods the researchers purchased at stores: here.

10 thoughts on “Monsanto glyphosate causes German government conflict

  1. We just told Monsanto’s lawyers we’re going to fight this — let’s show them how hard we’re going to do it! Here’s the email —
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    Dear Avaazers,

    We’ve just been hit with a 168-page court subpoena from Monsanto.

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    This is big. They’re a $50 billion mega-corporation, infamous for legal strong-arm tactics like this. They have unlimited resources. If they get their hands on all our private information, there’s no telling what they’ll use it for.

    So we’re going to fight this. Because Monsanto may have unlimited resources to intimidate, but Avaaz has unlimited people power, and our members just aren’t afraid.

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    We urgently need to hire outstanding lawyers to go up against Monsanto’s best. Just fighting this subpoena (read it here) will be costly, and it could be just the beginning.

    We don’t know Monsanto’s plan, but we know one reason why this is coming — Avaaz has repeatedly beaten Monsanto in huge regulatory battles, including blocking the long-term relicensing of glyphosate, the herbicide that is the cornerstone of their chemical empire. We’re winning. So they’re changing the game.

    The subpoena indicates that Monsanto needs all our private information to fight class-action lawsuits against them claiming that their glyphosate caused people’s cancer. If that seems absurd to you, you’re not alone. But they’ve gotten the authority of a US court behind them, and we urgently need the best lawyers behind us. Donate to help defend Avaaz, and let’s send a message of defiance to Monsanto:

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    There aren’t many corporations in the world that are more powerful than Monsanto. The fact that we really can defeat them, shows just how real our movement’s people power has become. If we stick together, with hope and determination, we really CAN change the world!

    With hope and determination,

    Ricken, Emma, Fatima, Danny, Hui-Ting, Spyro, Marigona and the entire Avaaz team

    More information:

    Glyphosate — Crushed it!! (Avaaz)
    https://secure.avaaz.org/en/nothing_we_cant_do/

    Campaign group Avaaz calls on EU to block Bayer’s Monsanto deal (Reuters)
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-monsanto-m-a-bayer-eu/campaign-group-avaaz-calls-on-eu-to-block-bayers-monsanto-deal-idUSKBN1A922S

    Monsanto’s Harvest of Fear (Vanity Fair)
    https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2008/05/monsanto200805

    Patients: Roundup gave us cancer as EPA official helped the company (CNN)
    https://www.cnn.com/2017/05/15/health/roundup-herbicide-cancer-allegations/index.html/

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