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People’s Tribunal accused the manufacturer of pesticides in ecocide

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Informal people’s Tribunal in the Hague, headed by five judges of the International court of justice, has accused the American company producing genetically modified seeds and Monsanto pesticides are harming the environment and the possibility of ecocide (the destruction of livable habitat). Use in international law the concept of “ecocide” can lead to the fact that the proceedings fall under the jurisdiction of the International criminal court in the Hague. On it informs Agency France Presse.

The Council of judges heard about 30 witnesses from different countries, such as Argentina, Bangladesh, Canada, Burkina Faso and Sri Lanka. Witnesses testified about the various effects of chemicals on the environment. The judges was asked six questions to give the Advisory opinion, including on how violated Monsanto’s right to a safe environment, nutrition and healthcare standards .

The Tribunal concluded that “the activities and products of Monsanto to the detriment of soil, water and the environment in General.” In Monsanto denied the charges, saying “ready for dialogue with those who are sincerely interested in sustainable agriculture.” The company said that the court did not consider scientific research and the verdict was “pre-determined”.

In January 2017, the court of the city of Fresno, California began consideration of the case of Monsanto against the state authorities. The company did not agree with the fact that her oblige to put on the products labels warning about the dangers of herbicides. We are talking about Roundup, which farmers and gardeners use to control weeds.

Ingredient which has caused the claims of authorities California is glyphosate. The company introduced it in 1974, as an effective means of controlling weeds, which does not damage the crop. Now it comes in more than 160 countries, and in California employ more than 250 species of plants.

Protection Agency United States environmental limits its use, arguing that the component has a low toxicity, recommending not to be on the field for 12 hours after spraying. But the division of the world health organization – International Agency for research on cancer has identified glyphosate as a “probable human carcinogen”. Following this, California began to require warning labels.

Monsanto claims that the facility does not pose a risk to health. Manufacturer of chemicals in the statement of claim indicates that the CA transfers its powers to a foreign structure that is not accountable to the American authorities.

The company said that this violates the laws of the state. In turn, defense attorneys argue that the international Agency is the “gold standard” for determining carcinogens, the solutions of which are traded including other States and countries.

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