Dec 3, 2011 – Today, we launched the landmark human rights tribunal against six pesticide corporations: Monsanto, Syngenta, Dow, Bayer, DuPont and BASF. These corporations control the global trade in pesticides worldwide, and regularly violate our rights to health, life and livelihood. The launch, timed to coincide with the 27th anniversary of the disaster in Bhopal, India, marked a vital moment in PAN’s continued work to roll back corporate control of food and agriculture, and to protect our health — worldwide.
By PAN’s analysis, the undue influence of pesticide corporations is a root cause of the problems we seek to resolve. It is hardly an exaggeration to say that nearly every time we work to prevent or seek compensation for the health harms caused by pesticides, we come head to head with Dow, Monsanto, Syngenta or a pesticide corporation of similar ilk.
It’s long past time that state, national and international law & governance caught up with the realities on the ground — that’s where a tribunal comes in.
Just one example: Syngenta’s relentless attempts to keep its pesticide atrazine on the U.S. market. This pesticide is so widely used that it is found in nearly all our drinking water, even after being banned in Europe. Science shows:
Pesticide companies pour millions of dollars into holding a rigid line against common sense pesticide policies that we truly need in place in order to protect our health and ecosystems from the harms of their chemicals, and mitigate against corporate control over food and farming.
It’s long past time that state, national and international law and governance caught up. And that’s where a tribunal comes in.
International citizen tribunals have been used across history in momentous efforts to set things right. Tribunals operate by:
PAN knows that we need these particular global corporations to loosen their stranglehold on government, science and agriculture in order for new food systems and environmental health to flourish. No doubt this will be a long journey. And we are so pleased to be taking this important, momentous step.