700,000 Petition the US Government to Stop Monsanto-Bayer Merger



Source: The Anti-Media

(COMMONDREAMSHundreds of thousands have signed petitions calling on the U.S. Department of Justice and elected officials to block three proposed mega-mergers of chemical and biotech behemoths: Bayer-Monsanto, Dow-Dupont, andChemChina-Syngenta.

“The continuing consolidation of seed and pesticide companies essentially creates a monopoly of toxicity in control of the world’s seed market and food supply. These agrichemical giants threaten the availability and genetic diversity of seeds that are critical to a sustainable food system and to our ability to respond to the impacts of climate change,” Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of Center for Food Safety, said Tuesday.

The petitions signed by over 700,000 people were delivered by nine consumer advocacy and environmental groups—including Food & Water Watch, Sierra Club, Pesticide Action Network, Friends of the Earth, and Center for Food Safety, among others—as the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee met Tuesday to examine the wave of consolidation in the biotech and agrochemical industry.

“I’m afraid this consolidation wave has become a tsunami,” said Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, as the hearing opened.

“Just six corporations already dominate worldwide seed and pesticide markets,” commented Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, senior scientist with Pesticide Action Network, in a statement released by the groups. “Additional consolidation will increase prices and further limit choices for farmers, while allowing Monsanto and friends to continue pushing a model of agriculture that has given us superweeds, superbugs, and health-harming pesticides. Instead, we need to invest in agroecological, resilient, and productive farming.”

Kiki Hubbard, director of advocacy for Organic Seed Alliance, noted that all farmers “experience the negative consequences of seed consolidation. Organic farmers in particular are already underserved by the industry because the dominant players only invest in seed technologies and chemical production systems that are in conflict with organic farming practices.”

“The last thing that U.S. agriculture needs now is more concentration,” added Michael Sligh of the Rural Advancement Foundation International. “What farmers need is more regionally and locally-adapted seeds choices and more biodiversity. Concentration lead to higher seed prices for farmers and lower take home pay.”

“The shocking consolidation in the biotech seed and agrochemical industry turns our food system over to a cabal of chemical companies, undermining family farmers and consumers,” noted Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter. “We urge federal regulators to block these pending mergers to prevent further corporate control of our food system.”

This article (700,000 Petition the US Government to Stop Monsanto-Bayer Merger) by Nika Knight originally appeared on CommonDreams.org and is licensed Creative Commons 3.0. The Anti-Media radio show airs Monday through Friday @ 11pm Eastern/8pm Pacific. Help us fix our typos: edits@theantimedia.org

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  1. Jose Klatter Jose Klatter says:

    But appears that people are not that concerned about the merger. Probably busy looking for Pokemon, or stuffing their mouths with McDonald’s burgers and fries. Zombie land.

  2. Depends on whether or not people buy their shit. It is beyond amusing to me that people hold the ultimate power in their wallets. Most of the world has smarter politicians than we do here in the US and they actually care a little bit about their citizens.

  3. Wherever we do is going to happen we all know money talk and opinions walk…..

  4. Tarre Kroft Tarre Kroft says:

    I said it on another post and I’ll say it again. Now the genetically modified food will cause illnesses that only Bayer medicine will cure. Conveniently, that medicine will sell at prices 100s of times what they are today.

  5. Robin Black Robin Black says:

    Boycott, you have that power still.

  6. Chris Friend Chris Friend says:

    Bayer why would you ruin your proud name by buying
    Monsanto or should I say Monsatan when their motto is control the food you control the people

  7. Graham Spink Graham Spink says:

    Just refuse to buy their products

  8. The government own it or have a bribe or a

    share in it you’re pushing shit uphill.

  9. Dana Rosales Dana Rosales says:

    And who do Bayer and Monsanto give campaign donations to? #brandnewcongress needed…Vote out all incumbents unless they are against big pharma!

  10. Jay Jonz Jay Jonz says:

    Where do I sign??

  11. WORLD CONTROL and the control of crops and live stock, Our Fate will be in their hands, their greedy hands, Once they control ALL the Seeds, Crops and Live Stock. . . . We’ll never have it back,


  13. Robin Black Robin Black says:

    Boycott all their products. All of us!

  14. We still do have other R&D companies like Syngenta to help keep checks

  15. Nazi’s New World Order is Eugenic Agenda 21 Program??? We need a new Immortality Foundation – The Earth is in Abundance!

  16. What happened to the departments and people who once broke up all of the major phone companies “because monopolies weren’t allowed in the US?” I’m not young, but I’m far from old and it wasn’t that long ago when monopolies were largely frowned upon by the powers that be —- and now the powers that be seem to be a standing behind it for the most harmful. Furthermore, why are we allowing the powers that be, to be the powers that be? It’s all so underhanded. I’m not quite sure how so many have no idea that this merger took place and/or what it means if they do. The news isn’t teaching enough about what any of this means in reality – many don’t know how Monsanto is. Yes, I know quite well why the news isn’t bringing this to the forefront of the public. This information needs to be common knowledge.

  17. another “too big to fail” in the making….

  18. Philip Best Philip Best says:

    whho cares if they merge or not, start petition against WHAT they do, not what name they do it under… SMH

  19. Chemical companies rule the world through energy food agriculture and drugs…and you cant boycott cause they own all the products that make all the products…they don’t even need to merge they’re already fax buddies

  20. Robert Long Robert Long says:

    Watch! Obama will stop it. Until the day after the election.

  21. James Andrew Dufour Jessica Dufour

  22. Maggie Reed Maggie Reed says:

    How convenient!!! 1 + 1 = 2!! Monsanto kills and Bayer cures….it’s a fucked up system!

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