In a terrifying announcement, Monsanto is committed to be sold to Bayer for $ 56.5 million. Indeed, the agreement is actually worth $ 66 million from the German company will pay debt Monsanto ( 1 ).
Combined, they would become the largest and chemicals company in the world seeds. treatment, which can not go through until it has been approved by regulators.
This sale is controversial because Monsanto has often been criticized for its flagrant violations of human rights. Its best-known product, glyphosate has been banned in several countries because of health concerns. What’s more, the company has also filed lawsuits to prevent labeling of GMOs and paid millions to hide research questioning the safety of glyphosate .
The connection of Bayer Monsanto
While Monsanto is the means best known of the agreement, Bayer there are small companies ( 3 ). Companies have $ 26 billion in combined annual revenue of agricultural products alone. They also have similarly terrible stories.
For example, the famous Bayer introduced Heroin as a cough remedy in 1896, and aspirin in 1899. Monsanto, however, has been feeding the population with harmful additives and food, while having full knowledge of their horrible side effects.
While the German company is best known for its pharmaceutical products, Bayer also has a unit that focuses on agricultural herbicides and insecticides.
in response, both companies argue that their interests do not overlap, as Monsanto focuses on seeds and biology, Bayer Chemicals. However, Jack Kaskey Bloomberg notes that this merger will enable the new company to control 70 percent of cotton seed sales in the United States. Some argue that the agreement could mean a corporate monopoly.
The merger could also mean less competition, lower standards and less agricultural opportunities for underserved markets.
Furthermore, while Bayer could only keep their financial interests in mind, the German people probably will not be behind them. In fact, in Germany and other European countries, citizens have the famous distrustful of GM crops have prompted new laws to ban the use of pesticides.
History of Harsh Bayer
as a chemical company, Bayer has some pretty big skeletons in his closet. On the one hand, the company supplies Auschwitz poison gas as part of the Holocaust. They also provide methanol is used to burn the bodies of their prisoners ( 4 ).
Indeed, the Chairman of the Board 1956-1966 as Bayer had been convicted of slavery, mass murder and crimes against humanity at the Nuremberg trials. He only served 5 years in prison for war crimes ( 5 )
senior officials Bayer also architected Codex, a committee that sets standards and guidelines for supplements vitamins and minerals.; advertising;
Only in the twentieth century, Bayer sold a drug called Factor VIII hemophilia, which turned out to be infected with HIV. Once they discovered the contamination, the drug is still sold in Asia and Latin America, although a safe product was available.
Bayer has also been accused of practices unethical billing the Medicaid program, has faced wrongful death lawsuits Yaz Yasmin and control of the birthmark and wrongful death lawsuits for Trasylol a drug that was later banned in 2006.
Monsanto dark side of
a much younger company, Monsanto is not all smiles and roses, either.
then founded and the town of Monsanto are incorporated to establish their own low taxes and environmental standards thrown out the window.
For a time, Monsanto was the largest producer of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB). Monsanto knew these products were incredibly dangerous to human health, but hid what they knew, and they “could not afford to lose business.”
Later the controversial DDT was manufactured.
What’s more, Monsanto played a significant role in the Manhattan Project during
World War II to help develop the atomic bomb. Later Agent Orange, which is so toxic, that its effects are still being felt today occurred.
Monsanto has also hidden the brain-tumor aspartame connection defeated Proposition 65 and Proposition 128. The first objective of prohibiting the dumping of chemicals that cause cancer or birth defects drinking water supply while the second objective of restricting the use of pesticides in California.
Later, Monsanto was fined $ 1.2 million to try to hide contaminated wastewater discharge on the Mystic River in Connecticut. Eventually ranked 5th among US corporations in the Toxic Release Inventory EPA, after downloaded 37 million pounds of toxic chemicals into the air, land, water and earth.
Former Monsanto lobbyist Michael R. Taylor was later appointed as Deputy Commissioner of the FDA Food Safety.
a devastating agreement
Both companies have a rough history when it comes to their human rights record track. Again and again, his greed for money has caused the sickness, pain and death on a large scale.
What is more, if Bayer and Monsanto combination, which would violate the Clayton Act and would also be a direct violation of a court order in 2008. In mid-October, Monsanto faces a court to do before his against humanity in the Hague, Netherlands.
Critics of the deal argue that if the merger goes ahead, it will raise prices for farmers and increase the spread of genetically modified seeds. Already in recent years, global agricultural economy has been falling, and farmers have had to extend their thin finances to keep their businesses running.
Phil Howard of the University of the State of Michigan, who studies the consolidation in the food industry is concerned that the merger would mean that “[Bayer will] are better able to pressure governments … they have much more power to shape policies that benefit at the expense of consumers and farmers. ”
The concentration may also attract the attention of other companies-super-fused as ChemChina Syngenta and DowDupont, who controlled collectively (along with Bayer-Monsanto) 59 percent of patented seeds in the world and 64 percent of all pesticides. This deal falls, could lead to a serious change to the way our food is grown and distributed, as well as the way we receive medical care.
Fortunately, the United States Department of Justice has been more severe in analysis of agro-industrial concentrations. Even a merger between Monsanto and John Deer stopped, which would benefit of owning 86 percent of the market in planting technologies.
What you can do
As a consumer, the best way you can protest this merger is boycotting products of Bayer, including ( 8 ):
- Alka Seltzer
- Baycox® Iron
- Bayer Advanced / Bayer Garden
- Coppertone sunscreen
- Diane 35
- Dr. Scholl
- FiberMax cotton
- Fox Fungicides
- Gadovist 1.0
- Interface Fungicides
- InVigor (canola seeds)
- Moon Fungicides
- MaxForce Insecticides
- Medrad Advanta
- Medrad Certo
- Medrad Ecoil
- Medrad Intego
- Medrad Mark 7 Arterion
- Medrad MRXperion
- Medrad Spectris Solaris EP
- Medrad Stellant
- Medrad XDS
- One-A-Day vitamins
- gun Herbicides
- Profender Spot-On
- Prosaro Fungicides
- Serenata Fungicides
- Fungicides Firma
- Sivanto Insecticides
- Stratego Fungicides
- Xpro fungicides