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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL Octobtre - Repurchase Monsanto Bayer: Towards a monopoly on life (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Fri, 7 Oct 2016 10:26:50 +0300

In September, the announcement of the merger between the two giants has created a stir, not only because of its huge price. If the string of monopoly is obvious, it is also worrying that the former manufacturers of Agent Orange or mustard gas will be able to produce together. ---- The spectacular repurchase Monsanto in September, Bayer giant, world number 2 of agrochemicals, would also become the number 1 seed. Note that the economic war that are dedicated apparently large groups rather reflects a logical overlapping interests: his side, Monsanto escapes an economic imbalance, who faced a consumption crisis for farmers, due to the fall agricultural production prices. Bayer, Monsanto merger is therefore used for both groups to maintain their rank within an enhanced competition in the sector of the chemistry of life (agrochemicals, seeds, medicines).

Moreover, mega-companies Dow Chemical and Dupont, and Syngenta or ChemChina seeking to merge or have done. So all this is about money, or rather the history of money who wants to bury traditional agriculture. For those groups who assume the responsibility to feed the world, owning 25% of the global agricultural market is a bit replace nature.

Introduce and generalize new GMOs

But that illusion - and the conquest of markets - is complete, it should probably forget Monsanto, which crystallizes the oppositions. In addition to all these scandals on its chemicals - even Roundup weedkiller is suspended, its marketing has been endorsed by force by the European Commission - Monsanto is also the former uranium supplier to the US A bomb and now is a juicy and criminal monopoly on seed markets. Especially the constant pressure to introduce and generalize new GMOs ... So may be that the name change will finally allow him to enter the European market with a good local banner: Bayer. If palmares of Monsanto products is well known to the public, Bayer has remained relatively in the shadows. But this company does is any less harmful. Bayer has seated its activity in pesticide stocks through wars and defoliants becoming bulky in closets. The products of this madness has indeed been dumped on plants and fields. To improve its image, the company has become a purveyor of health "Supradyn to stimulate physical and mental alertness." Behind the constant obsession to "improve" cultures, humans, animals, hide itself capitalist destruction mechanisms.

Also, regardless of the size of these firms, we must not forget the substantive issues: the death of peasant agriculture and the patenting of life. We must not forget that the big unions are in the same light. The national farmers' representative in the committee which rules on the conflict of interest is Beulin Xavier, patron of the FNSEA, local head of the FDSEA, head of the group in April (biodiesel leader and semen in France), the port boss La Rochelle ... at his accession to union power, he condemned the existence of farms of less than 4 hectares, and seek Parliament suppression of peasant status!

And commodification of nature appropriation

Gard for Alternative Libertaire, the proposed merger between Bayer and Monsanto is a real provocation that highlights the masquerade of rhetoric from the COP21. At blows of propaganda, leaders of countries and companies present themselves as defenders of ecology to better conceal it is to maintain the accumulation of wealth by the capitalists and to silence the protests. This merger is a step closer to the commercialization and appropriation of nature, the power monopoly, towards a totalitarian and destructive project company in the world in the service of the wealthy. This is what dreams these large groups, it is against this that we must fight.

AL Gard

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