When Will Co-opted Figures and Board Members Be Hauled into Court?
Publisher: Counter Punch
Date Written: 07/07/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21187
They promote the message that their products are essential to our survival. They promote a fundamentally ecologically, socially and economically damaging model of agriculture facilitated by Washington, the World Trade Organization, World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
Lapdog politicians and prominent agencies and individuals protect the culprits. Some attack critics for fear-mongering, pretending to care for people while their actions expose them as hypocrites. Well-paid people in public office serve these companies, not the public. Equally well-paid career scientists and pseudo-journalists act as corporate mouthpieces.
Little wonder then that on 28 June 2016, the unelected European Commission unilaterally announced that the license for glyphosate was to be extended for 18 months without meaningful restrictions. This was after member states repeatedly could not reach an agreement to renew the approval.
Unfortunately, the biocide industry is a growth industry (which of course neoliberal apologists regardless of the consequences will no doubt hail as being good for 'gowth' or 'development'). From the US and Argentina to India, the industry has rolled out its seeds and poisons with devastating impacts on peoples lives and the environment.