Environmental and anti-GMO groups announced they’re putting Monsanto on trial for “crimes against nature and humanity” or “ecocide” in The Hague, Netherlands, according to a Sunday article in an environmentalist publication.
“Monsanto today is the symbol of industrial agriculture. This chemical-intensive form of production pollutes the environment, accelerates biodiversity loss, and massively contributes to global warming.” claims Monsanto Tribunal.org, the group behind the trial.
Naturally, the Steering Committee of the Monsanto Tribunal “decided that the costs incurred in the organisation and running of the Tribunal should be financed by the citizens of the world.” The organization asks for donations on its website and intends to launching “the largest crowdfunding platform ever.”
The tribunal is in no way affiliated with the United Nations or the International Criminal Court. Instead, supporters of the tribunal have ties to anti-GMO and environmental organizations. Leaders include Vandana Shiva, an enviromental and anti-globalization activist, and Gilles-Éric Séralini, a French scientist famous for a retracted study which claimed genetically engineered corn caused tumors in rats.
“I see what Monsanto has done as not just the slavery that we got rid of but trying to expand slavery to all life on earth,” Shiva says during the press conference announcing the tribunal.
“You are trying to poison us all, you know, in order to pursue maximizing your profits,” says Ronnie Cummins, the director of the Organic Consumer’s Association, at the press conference.
The “agenda” page for the Monsanto Tribunal group is currently blank.
Environmental groups like Greenpeace believe, without evidence, that genetically modified organisms are “contaminating non ‘GE’ environments and future generations in an unforeseeable and uncontrollable way.” Such groups have become so extreme that Dr. Patrick Moore, who co-founded Greenpeace, now says it “no longer cares about people and that it had become more interested in politics than science.”
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