What you need to know when accepting private arbitration – like CETA or TTIP want to implement – example agriculture
Please watch this documentary and start reflecting upon what will we get here in the EU when having the CETA or TTIP trade agreements implemented. Is that really the procedure we wish our countries to follow?
This is a “must know” for all economies worldwide not only for the EU – don’t act short-sighted!
What you need to know when accepting private arbitration – example: agriculture
Monsanto Documentary – about the company and the business
Monsanto – a multinational agricultural/pharmaceutical company based in the USA – has produced a soya bean, known as ‘Roundup Ready’, which is genetically modified to resist the Monsanto herbicide ‘Roundup.
2008 – after a decade-long, David-and-Goliath battle that pitted Canadian Prairie canola farmer Percy Schmeiser against multinational seed giant Monsanto, the 77-year-old farmer won a moral victory that might offer hope for his peers around the world who continue to face similar struggles: he won the right to freedom of speech. In a landmark case, Mr. Schmeiser tried and failed to win a different kind of victory: the right to seed. Beginning in 1997 and ending in 2004, with a Supreme Court of Canada ruling in Monsanto’s favour, the farmer was sued for violating the agrichemical company patent on genetically modified (GM) canola seeds, called Round-up Ready, and engineered to resist Monsanto-brand herbicide. The court stated that plant genes and modified cells can be patented. Mr. Schmeiser had always maintained his farm had, in fact, been contaminated with GM seed that had blown onto his canola fields…
Today, more than 80% of canola production in Canada is GM. Because the plant cross-pollinates, the dominance of GM seed has pushed producers such as Alberta’s Highland Crossing farmer Tony Marshall out of the field – literally. Mr. Marshall produces a cold-pressed, non-GM canola oil that embraces the plant’s aromatic roots. He used to grow his own seed. But given the issues of cross-contamination, he could no longer guarantee his own canola crops as non-GM… Minor Victories On their long road to victory, the Schmeisers also lost their status as canola growers, along with many years of research spent developing varieties suited to their environment. The seeds were contaminated with the Roundup Ready gene. It’s an all-too common story.
Documentary about Monsanto/GMO — USA (no labeling), India and many more counries (bullying other countries – hit list – lawsuits – promotion of genetically modified food)
By the way – the EU does not allow GMO (genetic modified organisms)? Not so sure if that is still correct (2015): the European Parliament in Strasbourg passed a new law that allows member states to decide on their production. The measure passed on Tuesday by 480 votes to 159, with 58 abstentions. More here (2015/Jan/13)
But we are allowed to use the pesticide Glyphosat that is used together with GM which – according to several well researched documentaries – causes disabilities as well…
GMO Poison – Ticking Time Bomb