The World’s Biggest Chemical Companies are Sueing the European Union for Banning Neonicotinoids

Bayer and Syngenta are sueing the European Union for banning their special death-by-neonicotinoid pesticides. Whatever next?

This is an utter travesty. The fight for the bees is a massive bugbear of mine, and I’m sorry to see that the onslaught against bees and most of the pollinators by massive chemical companies (Syngenta and Bayer in this case) hasn’t ended in Europe. We aren’t even allowed a 2-year recess to still enjoy having plants and flowers and food that hasn’t been ‘improved’ by genetic and chemical engineering. We’re in a bunch of different countries, miles away from wherever the Syngenta Head Office is and we have to rely on a gaggle of politicians in Brussels to make the best call.

The EU made the right decision in the start. They banned the neonicotinoid pesticides. (No thanks to the UK’s environment minister, Jeremy Hunt, who voted against the ban). The only issue I had with them banning the pesticides was that they said the ban would only be in place until a review in two years time. It should be forever.

It’s all part of Syngenta and Bayer’s evil plan.

Genetic engineering is part of the chemical companies’ motivations. They own an awful lot of a few strains of genetically modified seeds. Millions of seeds, but just a few different types. Maybe ten; maybe a thousand. Whatever. It could never be as many as is contained within Nature.

These GMO seeds will need no pesticide in the future. So why the massive legal tantrum thrown by Syngenta and Bayer?

It’s a two-step process for their business plan. They’re long-sighted for their own fortunes. They sell everyone these neonicotinoid pesticides (and when I say ‘everyone’, I mean all crop producers in the world) and this will directly lead to us being forced into buying their GMO seeds which grow the way you expect and don’t need pesticides (or pests) at all. They get two nice wadges of profit, one from the pesticides, one from the seeds.

They kill the ‘pests’ (and pollinators, which aren’t usually included as pests, such as bees) that help our crops grow, and then replace them with their own crops that don’t need the helpful ‘pests’.

Oh, and they get to control the world’s food supply. Corporate terrorism is lying in wait.

Why do Bayer and Syngenta even think they have the right to sell neonicotinoids in Europe?

Their business plan will have forecast how much profit they would expect to earn if every farmer in Europe used their pesticides. And now somehow it’s their God-given right to obtain that profit (see, that’s why it’s called a forecast. Like £5 mystic megs at a gypsy fair, accountants forecast it and the fortune-seeker goes off and makes it happen). Given the apathetic (and possibly greedy) vote by our environment minister, I’m not sure we can trust everyone to do the right thing. And what if the EU decides it doesn’t have the money to fight? Legal battles can take a long time.

So, in the longrun, Bayer, Monsanto, Syngenta and co. will likely win out, unless the resolution of the European Union is steadfast to keep these poisons out of our ecosystem.

This petition is part of SumofUs’s campaign to keep the ban against European use of neonicotinoids. They need about 8,521 more petitions to hit 300,000, so please, click on the link and put your name down!

 

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About Sakina Murdock

Greedy, creative, gregarious bird, writing from the bonny northern hills of Cumbria's Eden. There's a lot of soul in this place and the inspiration to create is everywhere, even on the bleakest days. Soulfood. Don't just subsist.
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2 Responses to The World’s Biggest Chemical Companies are Sueing the European Union for Banning Neonicotinoids

  1. Bill says:

    You’re exactly right Sakina, great article thanks.

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