Category Archives: Monsanto

USA Approves Bayer-Monsanto Mega-Merger Canada could be next

April 10, 2018. On Monday April 9, the Wall Street Journal reported that the United States Department of Justice has agreed to allow a merger between seed and pesticide companies Bayer and Monsanto, creating the largest seed and pesticide company in the world. A US approval means that Canada could also soon permit the merger.

The US Department of Justice has not yet officially announced the deal, along with any conditions for the approval. Europe allowed the merger on the condition that Bayer sell some of its seeds, pesticides and digital farming investments to remove overlaps with Monsanto.

A decision from Canada’s Competition Bureau is also required but no timeline has been provided. The proposed merger requires regulatory approval from anti-trust agencies across the world.

“A US decision brings a Canadian announcement closer,” said Lucy Sharratt of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN). “Canada is on the verge of making a decision that will affect farmers and consumers for many decades. It will shape the future of food and farming in Canada and across the world.”

The new merged company could control around 30 percent of the world’s commercial seed market and 25 percent of agricultural pesticides.

“A merger of this size creates an unprecedented level of corporate control over seeds and pesticides,” said Sharratt.

CBAN is calling on The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development to stop the merger.

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Dr. Stephanie Seneff Lecture: Glyphosate, Sulfate Deficiency & Degenerative Diseases

We are so excited to share this with you! Friends of the late John Balatinecz and Dr. Shiv Chopra have collaborated to bring Dr. Stephanie Seneff, Senior Research Scientist, MIT Computer Science and AI Laboratory to Toronto, ON, Canada once again for a special lecture. This event is to honor their memory and mission to help educate the public on the many health risks from dangerous toxins in our environment and in our food from the use of RoundUp.

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Since you attended Dr. Seneff’s last lecture on April 28, 2016 we thought you would be interested in the opportunity to see her again and be one of the first to hear about her latest research and insights on this controversial subject. You will learn about a mineral deficiency (that no one talks about yet) that appears to be a result of these toxins which affect some very important functions in our body, how we function (or struggle) daily and disease development. Read more about the subject of Dr. Seneff’s talk here.

NEW EXPERT PANEL DISCUSSION:

New this year to the event is an expert panel discussion with some alternative health and environmental experts. What questions will you have? How can we get changes in regulation to happen? See the Event page for all the details and who is on our expert panel. You have to be there to participate in this discussion!

There is no charge for tickets once again, thanks to our amazing sponsors (see below) who are supporting this initiative and some attendees who have kindly sent us donations. This is a “pay what you can” event, and cash donations may be made at the door.

This year, our event will be at Glenview Presbyterian Church, just south of Yonge & Lawrence. To reserve your ticket to the live event in Toronto, sign up on the Eventbrite link at the bottom of the event web page here. (Map and directions on Eventbrite.) Save your seat now!!

We are excited to see you at this very important lecture on March 27! Doors open at 10:30 am, lecture will begin at 11:00 am! Come early and meet our sponsors who will have important information and opportunities for you.

Please share this information with friends, family, your colleagues and patients! Everyone you care about needs to hear this.

NEW VIEWER OPPORTUNITY ONLINE:

For your friends who are not in Toronto and fortunate enough to attend in person, we will have a LIVE online streaming available via Zoom. A registration link for this is on the Event page near the bottom. Be sure they register in advance for their Zoom link! A replay will be available after the lecture for a limited time. Facebook live is also part of the plan, but to be sure to find it please register for Zoom.

If you have questions, feel free to contact me with a reply to this email.

Republicans Back Monsanto, Threaten to Cut WHO’s Funding Which Calls Glysophate ‘Carcinogenic’

Right-wing lawmakers and industry makers targeted the IARC for its research in 2015 that linked glyphosate to possible cancer in humans.

Some Republican lawmakers have bashed the International Agency for Research on Cancer, IARC, a World Health Organization, WHO, agency and threatened to cut its funding over for calling a widely used herbicide chemical, glyphosate as a possible “carcinogenic” at a House Science Committee hearing.

Right-wing lawmakers and industry makers targeted the IARC for its research in 2015 that linked glyphosate to possible cancer in humans.

On Tuesday, a Republican representative from Texas, Lamar Smith, said the health regulating agency’s claims were “unsubstantiated” and “not backed by reliable data.”

“The selective use of data and the lack of public disclosure raise questions about why IARC should receive any government funding in the future,” Smith said.

WHO is defending its stance based on years-long research.

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The Stomach-churning Violence of Monsanto, Bayer and the Agrochemical Oligopoly

By Colin Todhunter – Aug 29, 2017:  As humans, we have evolved with the natural environment over millennia. We have learned what to eat and what not to eat, what to grow and how to grow it and our diets have developed accordingly. We have hunted, gathered, planted and harvested. Our overall survival as a species has been based on gradual, emerging relationships with the seasons, insects, soil, animals, trees and seeds. And out of these relationships, we have seen the development of communities whose rituals and bonds have a deep connection with food production and the natural environment.

However, over the last couple generations, agriculture and food production has changed more than it had done over previous millennia. These changes have involved massive social upheaval as communities and traditions have been uprooted and have entailed modifying what we eat, how we grow our food and what we apply to it. All of this has been driven by geopolitical concerns and powerful commercial interests with their proprietary chemicals and patented seeds. The process of neoliberal globalisation is accelerating the process as farmers are encouraged to produce for global supply chains dominated by transnational agribusiness.

Certain crops are now genetically engineered, the range of crops we grow has become less diverse, synthetic biocides have been poured on crops and soil and our bodies have been subjected to a chemical bombardment. We have arrived at a point where we have lost touch with our deep-rooted microbiological and social connection with nature and have developed an arrogance that has placed ‘man’ above the environment and all other species. One of the consequences is that we have paid an enormous price in terms of the consequent social, environmental and health-related devastation.

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Testing Grounds For Monsanto, Other Seed Corporations A Strain On Nearby Residents In Puerto Rico

The blades of the windmills revolve over crops of genetically modified plantations of soybean and corn, plantain and farms that have been crushed by the extended use of concrete. The Caribbean Sea appears, with green areas to the left, and to the right an exit leading to an occupied territory: multinational seed corporations, such as Monsanto, control 31 percent of the land with the greatest potential for agriculture in the municipality of Juana Díaz. It is the transgenic epicenter of Puerto Rico.

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