Bayer’s proposed $66B Monsanto takeover renews call for monopoly investigation

September 15, 2016 by  
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With little warning, Germany chemical giant Bayer made a bid to take over U.S.-based Monsanto for $66 billion. Together, the fused companies would create the world’s largest seed and pesticide company, which many argue would equate to a monopoly. The U.S. Department of Justice has already investigated Monsanto’s monopoly over the nationwide market, and the merger will most certainly give the company more influence over agriculture than it has ever had before—a terrifying thought. Monsanto has been the subject of heated debates at all levels, from public meetings in community centers to the federal level. The company’s top-selling product, RoundUp, contains glyphosate as its active ingredient, which has been linked to cancer, respiratory ailments, and autism. Glyphosate is already banned or highly restricted in Europe and other parts of the world, but regulators in the U.S. have failed to act swiftly, in part due to the heavy influence of Monsanto. The pesticide maker has also lobbied widely and even filed lawsuits to block GMO labeling and bury the World Health Organization’s report on glyphosate as a carcinogen . For years, environmentalists and health advocates have been fighting against Monsanto, but the company’s deep pockets have made it an uphill battle. With the Bayer takeover threatening to increase those resources, public concern should be on the rise. Related: Mark Ruffalo confronts Monsanto chief: “You are poisoning people” “The attempted takeover of Monsanto by Bayer is a threat to all Americans,” said Bernie Sanders on Wednesday, decrying the Bayer bid. “These mergers boost the profits of huge corporations and leave Americans paying even higher prices. Not only should this merger be blocked, but the Department of Justice should reopen its investigation of Monsanto’s monopoly over the seed and chemical market.” Bayer’s proposed bid led Friends of the Earth Europe’s senior food and farming campaigner Adrian Bebb to issue sharp criticism . “Bayer’s buyout of Monsanto is a marriage made in hell, which threatens to further lock in industrialized agriculture at the expense of nature, farmers and the wider public,” said Bebb. “While public support for local and greener food continues to boom, this mega corporation will be doing its best to force damaging pesticides and GM seeds into our countryside.” Via The Guardian Images via Mike Mozart , Paul and Cathy/Flickr and Bayer  

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Mayan Beekeepers Protect Home Turf from Monsanto’s GMO Soybean Rollout

August 15, 2014 by  
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A David and Goliath style fight between small indigenous farmers and mega corporation Monsanto is currently playing out in Mexico. In a landmark decision last month, a district judge in the state of Yucatan overturned a permit to allow Monsanto to grow GMO soybeans in seven states in the country. The judge was convinced by the scientific evidence presented about the threats posed by GM soy crops to honey production in the Yucatán peninsula. Read the rest of Mayan Beekeepers Protect Home Turf from Monsanto’s GMO Soybean Rollout Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agribusiness , campeche , case against monsanto , chiapas , destruction of bee colonies , Glyphosate , GMO Soybeans , Greenpeace , honey exports to EU , Honey production , mayan beekeepers , mayan farmers , mexican honey , mexican national commission for the knowledge and use of biodiversity , mexico , Monsanto , national commission of natural protected areas , national institute of ecology , roundup , roundup ready crops , yucatan peninsula

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Awesome Airbnb Rental Lets You Go “Camping” in an Indoor Micro-Cabin in Brooklyn

August 15, 2014 by  
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$500 Million in U.S. Food Aid is Wasted Annually Due to Red Tape and Subsidies

March 30, 2012 by  
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A report issued yesterday charges that $500 million of American food assistance — a large part of our foreign policy — is wasted annually due to red tape and American agribusiness profit. According to Oxfam America and the American Jewish World Service (AJWS), an additional 17 million hungry people could have been fed by U.S. food assistance programs in 2010, alone. This is aid that would have been offered at no extra cost to taxpayers. Read the rest of $500 Million in U.S. Food Aid is Wasted Annually Due to Red Tape and Subsidies Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agribusiness , American Jewish World Service , developing countries , Eric Munoz , farming subsidies , food waste , foreign food assistance , local food , Oxfam America , us food assistance , us foreign policy

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Large Ice Cracks Could Be Speeding Up the Melting of Antartica

March 30, 2012 by  
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A new report has revealed that massive fractures in the ice shelves of West Antarctica are threatening to increase the rate at which they are melting. The study, which has looked at 40 years of satellite images of the West Antarctic ice shelves, states that  the region has seen an increase in ice loss over the past few decades . Over the past 30 years, due to the region growing steadily warmer, the Antarctic Peninsula has been repeatedly named as one of the fastest warming spots on the planet. Read the rest of Large Ice Cracks Could Be Speeding Up the Melting of Antartica Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: antarctica , Antarctica Glaciers , Antarctica Ice Cracking , Antarctica Ice Cracks , Antarctica Ice Melting , antarctica melting , Climate Change , Cracking Ice Antarctica , green news , Ice Cracks Antarctica , Melting Ice Antarctica , Polar Ice , Polar Ice Loss , Video

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More on Monsanto, Agribusiness Interests Guiding US Diplomacy From Wikileaks

August 30, 2011 by  
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US diplomatic cables newly released by Wikileaks furthers the picture previously leaked cables began painting–that the United States pushes agribusiness interests, such as those of Monsanto, overseas pressuring nations to accept genetically modified crops . Via Food Whistleblower and

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