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!

 

Mourning the Bees; or, Monsanto’s Evil Plan to Control the World’s Food Supply

See this article: Russia suggests that war may be necessary to stop Monsanto

Here’s the plan, from Monsanto’s point of view:

1. Develop GM feeds that don’t need pollinators.

Everyone was expected to buy these; marketed as plants that don’t attract insects. Who wants insects? Nasty creepy, crawly, flyie things. But everyone didn’t rush out to buy their limited range of crops.

First of all, there are more people growing things than just a few bushels of megafarmers. Secondly, they failed to take into account that a handful of varieties doesn’t cover the sheer breadth of the tastes and requirements of people passionate about food. Everyone has an opinion about food.

2. Kill pollinators
Develop pesticides which allow people to completely “protect” their crops from insects, by killing them. Ensure that this is an extremely effective product, and that it also kills pollinators. (Note: not just bees).

This was always going to be a more successful route. People (farmers) hate the pests that eat and damage crops. Roundup is a guaranteed sale every time. So now they’re killing off the pollinators cleverly, by getting the farmers to do it.

3. Sell $billions in GM seeds as plants are no longer able to pollinate naturally. (Only on the wind, perhaps, randomly).

Without pollinators, the only plants available to us will be those that have been created by Monsanto et al.

4. Take over the world. With a limited selection of seeds, Monsanto is preparing to take over the world’s food supply.

It’s a logical enough progression. What happens then? They will have the power to starve countries to death, literally. What else could they do? Change the properties of the food to elicit certain effects in the population?

The true reason for Monsanto’s desire to carry this out is unclear. Is it only about money? Money seems like such an old, worn out idea. It’s not about ‘rich’, it’s about ‘power’. Corporate Fascism to the core.

The U.K. Minister for the Environment recently voted against an EU ban on pesticides containing neonicotinoids. Fortunately enough countries with sense voted for the ban and it goes into place in December 2013. We can see whose side our government is on.

UPDATE: And see this recent article from Westword