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Baseless allegations without merit (Editorial)

(Dec. 15, 2015) This utter nonsense cannot be allowed to go unchallenged.
Its allegations verge on the absurd.
In Paris, organizations known as the Organic Consumers Association, IFOAM International Organics, Navdanya, Regeneration International and Millions Against Monsanto joined by dozens of global food, farming and environmental justice groups announced
they will put Monsanto on trial for crimes against nature and humanity and ecocide, in The Hague, Netherlands, next year on World Food Day, Oct. 16, 2016.
The announcement was made at a press conference held in conjunction with the United Nations Conference on Climate Change earlier this month.
Speaking at the press conference, Ronnie Cummins, international director of the OCA and Via Organica in Mexico and a member of the RI Steering Committee, said: “The time is long overdue for a global citizens’ tribunal to put Monsanto on trial for crimes against humanity and the environment.
“We are in Paris this month to address the most serious threat that humans have ever faced in our 100,000- to 200,000-year evolution — global warming and climate disruption.
“Why is there so much carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide in the atmosphere and not enough carbon organic matter in the soil? Corporate agribusiness, industrial forestry, the garbage and sewage industry and agricultural biotechnology have literally killed the climate-stabilizing, carbon-sink capacity of the Earth’s living soil.”
Speaking of garbage and sewage, similar sentiments emerged.
“Monsanto has pushed GMOs in order to collect royalties from poor farmers, trapping them in unpayable debt, and pushing them to suicide,” said Vandana Shiva, physicist, author, activist and founder of Navdanya, and member of the RI Steering Committee.
“Monsanto promotes an agro-industrial model that contributes at least 50 percent of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. Monsanto is also largely responsible for the depletion of soil and water resources, species extinction and declining biodiversity, and the displacement of millions of small farmers worldwide.”
Marie-Monique Robin, journalist and author of the best-selling book “The World According to Monsanto,” said, “This International Citizens’ Tribunal is necessary because the defense of the safety of the planet and the conditions of life on Earth is everyone’s concern.
“Only through a collective resurgence of all living forces will we stop the engine of destruction. That’s why today I am calling on all citizens of the world to participate in this exemplary tribunal.”
Since the beginning of the 20th century, the groups allege Monsanto has developed a steady stream of highly toxic products which have permanently damaged the environment and caused illness or death for thousands of people. Leading the pack (surprise, surprise) is Roundup.
You know, it’s as if this globe we live on didn’t have enough to fret about. Civilization crumbles and the nations of the world gather to chat about the weather.
To allege that Monsanto is a major factor in global warming is akin to charging that the recent tragic rash of mass murders is only because of a global oversupply of guns.
The world needs to get real.