‘Big 6’ Face World Trial

The “Big 6” facing a trial before the world starting December 3 are Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, Syngenta, Dupont and BASF. The trial (where Big 6 representatives probably won’t bother to show up) is before the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT), and it is being held in Bangalore, India. India is the  world’s unofficial record holder of the greatest number of small farmers committing suicide.

I wonder if it will make the Guiness Book of Records??

PPt has no legal weight. It is merely an organization of 600 bodies from 90 different countries that hold these trials from time to time to educate and raise awareness of the spread of dangerous pesticides around the world.  Testifying at the trial are scientists, medical  doctors and lawyers who have spent years gathering evidence on chemical pesticide effects.

This upcoming trial will focus on 25 key death cases. The ‘Big 6’ control 74 percent of those dangerous pesticides and they also dominate the global (GMO) seed market. The peasant farmers are dominated by their governments, who are dominated by international ag corporations.

 So far.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 355,000 people a year die from exposure to agro chemicals. That might not be so many in a world of over 6 billion people, but it was too many for Italian senator Lelio Basso, who was instrumental in organizing the PPT. Many Italian people take great pride in their small farmers and healthful food but, like most of the rest of the world, they have lost control of their leaders and the deals they make.

Bayer has rejected allegations that will be brought up at the trial, saying they are nonsense and unprovable. The rest of the Big 6 refused to respond to questions.

Read more about the upcoming ‘trial’ at www.theecologist.org.

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