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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #294 - Dominique Masset (Glyphosate Campaign): " We are in a momentum that is not about to stop " (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sat, 25 May 2019 07:57:25 +0300

The Glyphosate Campaign is one of the most successful initiatives in the fight against pesticides. Collectives are being created all over France to lodge complaints against this invisible pollution. Questions to Dominique Masset, co-founders of the campaign in Ariège. ---- Libertarian alternative: How was born the idea of this campaign of samples and urine tests ? ---- Dominique Masset: In 2017, following the actions of reavers and mowers voluntary of GMOs. The goal was to paint the pesticide composition labels in the stores so they would not be salable. There was a trial in which the 21 people came with their own analyzes to say that they were not only launchers and whistleblowers, but also victims. The action had already taken place once without giving anything, but this time to our surprise, the court accepted the analyzes and sent the file to the European Commission to judge its admissibility.

AL: Why did you launch this campaign now ?
DM: Because of the saga of glyphosate: the state and the European Commission have been pushing for years the ban on pesticides without any prospect of exit. The action of 2017 was in reaction to the new license granted in Europe on November 27, [1]and this so-called delay of 3 years to implement the ban in France, which was a good way to back down. We considered that there was the need for a civic responsibility: we count on us, not on them ! We also consider that in the face of political time, which is not at all that of urgency, we must mobilize.
We worked for several months to produce the legal preparation campaign and launched it on April 16, 2018 in a public meeting. In June-July we had 300 samples in Ariège and in December the first in other collectives.

AL: Why glyphosate and not all pesticides ?
DM: The trial was mostly about glyphosate ! [2]There are also other reasons: without glyphosate the campaign was impossible, being the most well-known molecule, it is a symbol.
The analyzes are quite expensive: An analysis for a single molecule is 85 euros, to which we must add 50 euros to do it with bailiff to file a complaint. In these circumstances it would have been difficult to succeed in a campaign on several pesticides.

AL: What makes this action different from others already done against the pesticide industry ?
DM:There is the massive side of the mobilization, and the complaint against those responsible for the distribution of these products, that is the Monsanto board and its CEO, as well as the president and the members of the board. the European Commission. These complaints, which are therefore addressed to natural and non-legal persons, are conducted in the criminal court, and not in the civil courts. We are asking individuals to hold people to account, and leaders to come out of the shadows. It is also a warning to the following ones. We are not seeking compensation from large groups. Complaints are filed for endangering the lives of others, deception aggravated, environmental damage, if any, in meetings.

AL: Where are we today ? How many samples taken ? Complaints filed ?
DM: The movement enjoys exceptional media coverage, 45 interviews the first week ! On April 18, we have 2,108 samples and 1,959 potential complaints. This number is constantly increasing. We expect to reach 10,000 complaints. 25 of the 75 current collectives have taken samples for the moment. What happens is very strong, citizens move in the early morning to spend 135 euros to file a complaint without claiming compensation. The key to this success is that people come out of helplessness. We are all poisoned. Let's take the violence out of where it comes from.

AL: What is the functioning of the collective and what perspectives does it have ?
DM:We move from a militant circle to a citizen circle, and therefore a development of the campaign. Concretely what we did is an electronic document updated to carry out all the steps so that they are admissible by the courts. The collectives can thus be based on them to create a maximum of similar complaints. The aim is to summarize these in a single legal process to be instructed by centralizing complaints to the public health pole of the tribunal de grande instance of Paris. The starting group in Ariège centralizes the legal action with the lawyers, and coordinates the means for that. Other groups manage themselves for the rest, such as a mutual help fund to pay for the analyzes.
We also have our first national meetings in May.
We do a lifestyle questionnaire to try to cross-check the main factors of poisoning. If this is not epidemiological, we want to create knowledge about the issue. And the scientific community, biologists, doctors, cartographers, are interested in what is happening. Two master students are also studying the subject.
Another aspect of the campaign is the fact of having moved from rural areas to urban collectives (Toulouse, Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux, Rodez). This allows us to glimpse the differences in pollution between the two environments. But we can not yet draw conclusions about all this.

AL: Is there a deadline to participate in this action ?
DM: No. We are in a momentum that is not about to stop. We are starting to create international contacts. You can find out about the site of the campaign, or make donations [3] ; 2019 is a year dedicated to the expansion of the struggle. This is independent of political currents and new collectives, many are the initiative of hummingbirds or poppies, there is no limit, on the contrary, it must feed the initiative.

Interview by Reinette noyée (AL Aveyron)

[1] See the EU Propaganda Summary: "Pesticides: Should the EU ban glyphosate ? » On the Touteleurope.eu website

[2] Monsanto's Roundup, whose molecule is glyphosate, has almost a monopoly on herbicides in France.

[3] More information on Campagneglyphosate.com

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