Monsanto to face charges, 'Crimes Against Humanity'?
Well. Kind of but not really. In the USA, Obama has signed into legislation the Monsanto Protection Act, making Monsanto immune to prosecution in the federal courts. This 'tribunal' is taking place in Hague, Netherlands. The 'Monsanto Tribunal' consists of an international community of environmentalists, researchers, and scientists. While not an officially recognized government entity, and somewhat controversial, it will be interesting to see the charges and results of this Tribunal. Roundup, just this year, was found to be a probable cause of human cancer by the World Health Organization. read more It's also been found that regulators haven't been entirely honest with us:
It is commonly believed that Roundup is among the safest pesticides. This idea is spread by manufacturers, mostly in the reviews they promote [39, 40], which are often cited in toxicological evaluations of glyphosate-based herbicides. However, Roundup was found in this experiment to be 125 times more toxic than glyphosate. Moreover, despite its reputation, Roundup was by far the most toxic among the herbicides and insecticides tested. This inconsistency between scientific fact and industrial claim may be attributed to huge economic interests, which have been found to falsify health risk assessments and delay health policy decisions . source
We've known for some time now that Monsanto was just 'one of those companies.'
"In 1998, six Canadian government scientists testified that they were being pressured by superiors to approve rbGH. The six were employed by Health Canada — the Canadian equivalent of the US FDA. Their job was to determine if the milk from treated cows was safe to drink. They didn't think so. In fact, they had compiled a detailed critique of the FDA's evaluation of rbGH, showing that the US approval process was flawed and superficial. However, senior Canadian officials and Monsanto tried to force the Canadians to approve it anyway."
“The scientists' testimony before a Senate committee was like a scene from the conspiratorial television show 'The X-Files.'” They told the senators that government scientists “often feel that their careers are threatened if they stand in the way of a drug they don't believe is safe,” and “managers without scientific experience regularly overrule their decisions.” “She told of being in a meeting when officials from Monsanto...made an offer of between $1 million and $2 million to the scientists from Health Canada — an offer that she told the senators could only have been interpreted as a bribe.”source
When it comes down to it, the common denominator is always water; all these chemicals concentrate in our water sources. Lakes, rivers, and wells are always the lowest point in the environment where everything from the surrounding areas is washed into. There have been so few studies done to show the accumulative effects of these pesticides and herbicides, and no studies have been done to show what reactions happen between them and other chemicals in our water, such as chlorine.