Monsanto Found Guilty in Netherlands

By Swahili Scientist.

Screen-Shot-2016-11-24-at-10.37.05-am This past month, judges presiding over the International Monsanto Tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands delivered a legal opinion regarding Monsanto’s impact on human rights, the environment, access to food, and scientific integrity.

Their conclusion was that Monsanto’s business activities infringe on peoples’ rights to a clean, sustainable environment.

The tribunal stated that the company adversely affects the world’s access to food and that by manufacturing and distributing substances such as PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) and glyphosate, Monsanto has infringed on our right to high standards of health.

Additionally, the tribunal found that Monsanto thwarts scientific freedom by practicing forms of intimidation, pressuring governments and discrediting legitimate scientific research that supports public health and environmental protection.

Following procedures established by the International Court of Justice, the tribunal heard testimony from thirty witnesses and experts from around the world, all the way back to last October.

The ruling is not legally binding and is therefore largely symbolic, however, it is intended to exposes irregularities in Monsanto business practices and products.

 

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