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Thanks everyone for helping to organize a World Food Day event in support of the Monsanto Tribunal. Your work helped spread the message that Monsanto's crimes are finally being exposed. The Monsanto Tribunal and People’s Assembly gave birth to a new resolve among activists all over the world to move beyond language and cultural barriers, beyond national and continental borders, beyond single-issue campaigning, and to begin building a new 21st Century activism model based on mutual solidarity and concrete cooperation in globally coordinated campaigns. And your work was the beginning of that new movement.
We will soon be reaching out to activists in cities and towns across America to build cooperation and solidarity, in order to build this new movement. And we will be turning to you to help create this new era of activism. But, for now, let's focus on what has happened so far:
-Over 600 cities across the globe had World Food Day events, and we would love to share photos or videos of these events with our supporters. If you have photos or videos of your event, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
-A People’s Assembly, organized by international civil society groups, ran parallel to the Tribunal. The People’s Assembly concluded with the People’s Verdict and the People’s Action Plan for creating a Regenerative Future. The essence of the People’s Assembly was captured by Vandana Shiva in this video.
-The panel of Monsanto Tribunal judges will issue advisory opinions, based on testimony from 30 witnesses and experts, before the end of the year. We will be sure to share their findings with you as soon as they are available.
Thanks to everyone that joined our three-day Twitter Rally!
Background on Monsanto and Citizen's Tribunals
Monsanto may not be the largest company in the world. Or the worst. But the St. Louis, Mo. biotech giant has become the poster child for all that’s wrong with our industrial food and farming system.
With 21,000 employees in 66 countries and $15 billion in revenue, Monsanto is a biotech industry heavyweight. The St. Louis, Mo.-based monopolizer of seeds is the poster child for an industry that is the source of at least one-third of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, and is largely responsible for the depletion of soil, water and biodiversity. Not to mention the company’s marginalization—and sometimes terrorization—of millions of small farmers,
Citizens’ Tribunals have a long history of drawing global attention to corporate crimes. While the opinions handed down by the judges aren’t enforceable, they often—and in this case, will—lay the foundation for future legal cases where judgments will be enforceable.
Since the early 20th century, Monsanto has marketed highly toxic products that have contaminated the environment and permanently sickened or killed thousands of people around the world. The most toxic of its products include:
• PCBs: one of the 12 persistent organic pollutants (POPs), which affect human and animal fertility
• 2,4,5 T (2,4-D): a component of Agent Orange containing dioxin which was used by the US military during the Vietnam war and continues to be a major cause of birth defects and cancers
• Lasso: an herbicide now banned in Europe
• Roundup: the most widely used herbicide in the world, cause of one of the biggest health and environmental tragedies in modern history. This highly toxic weed killer, sprayed on GMO crops including soybeans, corn and rapeseed for animal feed or for the production of biofuels, was recently classified as a probable human carcinogen by the World Health Organization.
In a rare exception, Monsanto was recently ordered to pay $46.5 million to compensate victims of its PCB poisoning. Sometimes the company settles out of court, to avoid having to admit to any “wrongdoing.”
But for the most part, thanks to the multinational’s powerful influence over U.S. politicians, Monsanto has been able to poison with impunity.
It’s time for the citizens of the world to fight back. On October 15 and 16, in The Hague, Netherlands—the International City of Peace and Justice—a panel of distinguished international judges will hear testimony from witnesses, represented by legitimate lawyers, who have been harmed by Monsanto. OCA is a memberof the Monsanto Tribunal organizing committee.
More on the Monsanto Tribunal:
Download Tribunal leaflet in Spanish
Download Tribunal leaflet in French
Monsanto Makes Us Sick campaign materials:
Monsanto Makes Us Sick leaflet
Monsanto Makes Us Sick poster
Are eating Monsanto's GMOs? leaflet