A Big Win on Glyphosphates – but no let up
Campaign group Avaaz has just announced that the European Union just refused to grant Monsanto a new licence for its flagship product – the pesticide glyphosate. Avaaz reports that glyphosate accounts for up to a third of all Monsanto’s revenue but there was opposition to approval from countries including Germany, France and Italy. Avaaz is now asking for independent verification of the safety of glyphosate and lobbying for 18 months to be set aside for this work.
However, closer to home it seems that London boroughs have happily been spraying glyphosate on their parks, where residents duly breath it in. There’s a 38degrees petition against its use by Camden and it seems likely others will follow given the World Health Organisation’s view that glyphosates probably cause cancer.
At the same time the Swiss-based chemicals group Bayer is proposing to buy Monsanto. It’s a move which SumofUs reckons, ‘could spell disaster for our food supply and farmers, ushering in a new era of sterile crops soaked in dangerous pesticides. If the deal is successful, it’ll make the new corporation the biggest seed maker and pesticide company in the world — and it will have almost total control of the most important aspects of our food supply’.
And for added anti Monsanto feeling listen to the new album by Neil Young – The Monsanto Years – offering old-fashioned protest songs from an old rocker – review by Rolling Stone.