92 Kids Poisoned at Elementary School in Peru After Being Exposed to Glyphosate
ByOn May 21, 2016
Is the weedkiller glyphosate really a probable human carcinogen as stated by the World Health Organization and several other organizations?
That’s the question that has been debated in Europe for several months, a question that our own EPA has put off answering for a long time in its own right.
But out in the fields and on the farms, the evidence is clear: people are suffering from being exposed to the chemical, as a recent case in Peru demonstrates.
As shared by the activists of www.MauiGMOMoratoriumNews.org, several kids in Peru recently because extremely ill after being exposed to the chemical, which is the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup products.
From the article:
On Tuesday, nearly 100 people at an elementary school in Northern Peru were made violently ill when a plane fumigating nearby fields released weed-killer.
Reports stated that 92 school children and 3 teachers were exposed to the dangerous herbicide glyphosate, the active ingredient in US biotech giant Monsanto’s best-selling product, Roundup.
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“The whole world hates Monsanto!” read the banners among a throng in Paris, marching to the sound of a drum band.
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The crowd held up posters condemning the sale of the herbicide RoundUp, which has been accused of causing cancer in humans, and the development of genetically-modified crops.
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Environmentalist and leftist politicians, such as former presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon, marched at the front of the column, but the impetus for the rallies was provided by another group.
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The grassroots Nuit Debout has mobilized hundreds of thousands for labor reform protests in recent months, and many of the same demonstrators turned out to barrack the St. Louis-based giant in Lyon, Bordeaux and Lille.
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Genetically-modified crops are banned in France, despite the European Union gradually loosening regulation on the varieties, as they become more popular across the world due to higher yields and greater disease resistance.
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Glyphosate, the active chemical in RoundUp and other leading herbicides, could face a Europe-wide ban, after an EU committee failed to issue it with a new retail license, following protracted negotiations. A UN report published this month stated that it was not likely to be ingested in quantities sufficient to cause cancer in humans, but last year’s report by the UN cancer agency called for it to be recognized as a carcinogen that could cause non-Hogdkin’s lymphoma.
Monsanto March meeting at Union Square Park South today at 1 o’clock NYC pic.twitter.com/c3Y0prlrHN
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“Monsanto is killing me & you!” and “I am not your experiment!” read placards at a protest march through New York.
More than 90 percent of US-grown corn, soybean and cotton is genetically-modified.
RT`s correspondent Caleb Maupin talked to some of the hundreds of activists gathered in the center of Manhattan to protest against Monsanto. People marched through the streets chanting, “No more Monsanto” and “Monsanto has got to go.” The demonstrators carried signs saying: “Ban glyphosate,” the herbicide which is suspected of causing cancer, and “Stop Monsanto.”
“I think it`s very corrupt and they have too much power over our government,” one of the rally`s participants told Maupin, referring to the biotech giant`s outreach.
“I`m tired of being lied to about what is in my food. We are getting sick, there`s cancer, there`re kids that are being affected, so we want to put a stop to that,” said another activist.
The safety of glyphosate, which is an active ingredient in Monsanto`s herbicide Roundup, has been doubted by many environmental organizations, including Greenpeace.
“If I were Monsanto right now, maybe a Monsanto executive gonna hear this, I would be worried. I would than change my life and come over to the right side of history. Amen,” another protester said.
Well-attended rallies also took place in Tokyo, across Germany and in Canada.
Monsanto, which has repeatedly put out publicity campaigns to try and demonstrate that its product range is safe, issued a conciliatory statement to the protesters.
“The 22,000 people of Monsanto are committed to having an open dialogue about food and agriculture – we’re proud of the work we do, and we’re eager for people to know more about us,” said a Monsanto text sent out to the media. “We know people have different points of view on these topics, and it’s important that they’re able to express and share them.”
Marches against Monsanto have become a regular event over the past half-decade, but activists may soon need to find a new target for their anger, following Bayer’s proposed bid for the US company, which has a market cap of nearly $46 billion.
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While there is speculation that the Leverkusen-headquartered company, famous for patenting aspirin, lacks the financial might necessary for a takeover, market analysts have repeatedly suggested that if the bid goes through, Bayer will drop the increasingly toxic Monsanto brand, as it swallows up the company.
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“Millions Against Monsanto” protesters in Toronto also denounced the recent approval of genetically modified salmon in Canadian markets.
“Salmon was approved despite tens of thousands of people standing up in this country and in the U.S. saying that they don’t want it,” said Jodi Koberinski, part of the activist group Beyond Pesticides Canada.
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Now that Bayer AG’s proposal to buy Monsanto Co. has become public, analysts tracking the situation said on Friday that the transaction could be worth as much as $63 billion. The takeover deal, if it goes through, would create the world’s largest supplier of crop seeds and pesticides that could boast $67 billion in annual sales.
So far, neither side has disclosed details about the terms or structure of the purchase. It’s unclear whether Monsanto is being receptive to the deal, which analysts project could result in an offer of $120-$150 a share for the company. Monsanto’s investors would profit handsomely from such an offer, which would represent a premium of 66 percent on the St. Louis-based seed company’s May 11 closing price. If successful, Bayer’s purchase of Monsanto would be the largest ever takeover by a German company. Speculators are wondering how Bayer would afford such a huge purchase, and that concern sent its stock plunging seven percent on Thursday.
“Monsanto will not come cheap and may not be the best option for Bayer shareholders,” Alistair Campbell, an analyst at Berenberg in London, said in a note to clients quoted by Bloomberg. “We cannot see how Bayer can do this deal without a significant equity component.”
Top Bayer investor says ‘furious’ at company over Monsanto bid https://t.co/cU9Hd1kbp5 pic.twitter.com/bybU1AXLgp
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Monsanto’s board of directors is reportedly reviewing the unsolicited, non-binding proposal for acquisition, though the company said there was no assurance the deal would go through. Bayer executives reportedly met with the Monsanto leadership to discuss the acquisition plan, saying a takeover would “create a leading integrated agriculture business,” according to the Wall Street Journal. Bayer supervisory board member Reiner Hoffmann added that Monsanto “is a complementary business. There will be synergies.”
Some questions remain as to whether regulators would bless such a huge takeover, which clouds judgement of whether Monsanto would be interested in such a deal. The agricultural sector is currently under heavy economic pressure after three years of falling prices. The income of farmers in the U.S. is at its lowest level in over a decade, and Monsanto itself has been forced to slash prices, de-fund research, and lower its profit forecast. It also plans to eliminate 16 percent of its staff. The Journal reported that the merger would result in a huge company with a wide range of products.
“Folding Monsanto’s world-leading seed franchise and its trademark Roundup herbicide business into Bayer would create a company that could market products ranging from Aspirin pain-relief pills to crop genetics that enable plants to withstand bugs and weedkillers. The combination would sell about 28% of the world’s pesticides and about 36% of U.S. corn seeds and 28% of soybean seeds, according to Morgan Stanley estimates.”
Monsanto to be bought out by Bayer Pharma https://t.co/Z4J7focui1 pic.twitter.com/GWioUnPgZv
— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) May 20, 2016
Monsanto is currently the world’s largest seed company in terms of sales, with $15 billion in seed …
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