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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]
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, 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 ! 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,
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
 ; 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)
 See the EU Propaganda Summary: "Pesticides: Should the EU ban glyphosate ? » On the
 Monsanto's Roundup, whose molecule is glyphosate, has almost a monopoly on herbicides
 More information on Campagneglyphosate.com
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