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‘Ecocide’ new activist buzzword (Editorial)

(Nov. 1, 2016) A relatively new word in our language is getting a lot of play these days.
The word is ecocide.
Strictly defined, courtesy Wikipedia, ecocide is the extensive damage to, destruction of or loss of ecosystems of a given territory, whether by human agency or by other causes, to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants of that territory has been or will be severely diminished.
That’s the polite definition.
In the current cultural understanding of the word, it means environmental homicide.
Last month, a People’s Court convened in The Hague in Switzerland for a mock trial aimed at convicting Monsanto of ecocide.
It’s the newest thrust by radical environmentalists against such innovations as genetically modified foods and products.
Ecocide is envisioned as a “crime against peace,” equivalent to genocide or ethnic cleansing.
Monsanto, which produces genetically modified seeds as well as pesticides, has already dismissed the gathering in The Hague organized by hundreds of grassroots groups as a “parody” with no legal standing, and refused to attend.
But five professional international judges heard from 30 witnesses, including scientists, farmers and beekeepers, who travelled from five continents for the three-day event.
The aim was to draw up a legal advisory opinion, which could be fed into existing law, including writing “ecocide” as a crime into international criminal law.
“We believe it is crucial that people from other countries understand the health crisis we are experiencing in the USA,” said Moms Across America Executive Director Zen Honeycutt. “The connection of these health issues to the GMOs and toxins in our food, water and consumer products is undeniable. We must protect our future generations around the world.”
But most observers, such as Wesley J. Smith, author of the book “The War on Humans,” say not to worry.
He contends that “a new generation of activists is pushing a radical agenda whose ultimate victims may be the poorest and most vulnerable among us.”
Smith says that ecocide will never be enacted into law.
“That would cause too much economic contraction and dislocation,” he argues, “by stifling economies and impeding freedoms.”
The three-day theatrical performance at The Hague was the latest skirmish in the war against farmers and 21st century food production.
It may come to nothing more than “theater” but it cannot be ignored.