Revealed: Monsanto Owner and US Officials Pressured Mexico to Drop Glyphosate Ban

Posted on Feb 17 2021 - 1:49am by Sustainable Pulse

Internal government emails reveal Monsanto owner Bayer AG and industry lobbyist CropLife America have been working closely with US officials to pressure Mexico into abandoning its intended ban on glyphosate, a pesticide linked to cancer that is the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkillers, Carey Gillam in the Guardian reported Tuesday.

The moves to protect glyphosate shipments to Mexico have played out over the last 18 months, a period in which Bayer was negotiating an $11bn settlement of legal claims brought by people in the US who say they developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma due to exposure to the company’s glyphosate-based products.

The pressure on Mexico is similar to actions Bayer and chemical industry lobbyists took to kill a glyphosate ban planned by Thailand in 2019. Thailand officials had also cited concerns for public health in seeking to ban the weedkiller, but reversed course after US threats about trade disruption.

So far the collaborative campaign to get the Mexican government to reverse its policy does not appear to be working.

Read the Full Article in The Guardian Here

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  1. Pam Schwetz February 19, 2021 at 18:07 - Reply

    We need to ban GMOs and their pesticides in the US. There needs to be a worldwide ban on that crap. We need to stop the US government from threatening countries with brains in their heads about banning that crap. Government corruption needs to be stopped. No more business as usual allowing greedy corporations to buy their way into government agencies and buy influence over officials. We need to ban lobbying to put a stop to that nonsense. They need to do what is best for people and planet. Meantime people need to boycott those products. If nobody buys them they will be forced to shut down no matter if the government supports them or not.

  2. Rick Tallas February 19, 2021 at 19:00 - Reply

    A judge awards 11 billion in damages, yet Bayer/Monsanto are still allowed to sell round up. A judge in more informed than our government and scientists. Go figure

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