November 2nd 2010, Enkhuizen, The Netherlands – Today around thirty climate conscious citizens paid a visit to the main premises of international agri-chemical giant Monsanto in the Netherlands. The aim was to find clues about the company’s hidden agenda. Their suspicions were aroused by the company’s new claims to feed and fuel the world, which somehow do not match Monsanto’s current atrocious human rights and environmental record.
From October 31 till November 5th there has been a high profile international summit in The Hague about Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change. It is commonly recognised that food production is affected by climate change – but it is hardly recognised that industrial food production is actually a major cause of climate change.
According to countless scientists, NGO’s and farmers organisations (1) the only realistic way forward is to change from high tech, high input, highly inefficient industrial farming towards climate-friendly, sustainable farming methods.
In an effort to secure funding for their research and development as well as carbon credits for their industrial mono-crops (REDD) the farming industry offers newer bigger and better miracle crops, that are resistant to extreme climate conditions.
“What we discovered today is a massive scam to cash in on climate change” – according to the action group ‘Verdelg Monsanto’ (‘Roundup Monsanto’) that initiated the inspection.
Although they were denied entry to Monsanto’s massive seed breeding complex in the heart of the Dutch ‘Seed Valley’, the action group claims to have removed a portrait of Monsanto’s top man ‘Huge’ Grant from inside the director’s office.
On the reverse side it revealed Monsanto’s hidden agenda:
1. Make all farmers dependent of our seeds and patents
2. Manipulate our seeds so that they depend on our poison
3. Make everyone believe this is good for people and planet
4. Make sure that laws and legislation serve our purposes
5. Remove small farmers, only large scale monoculture farms can survive
6. thus take control of food markets and pricing
as well as Monsanto’s company mission statement:
everyone that stands in our way will be forced to shut up”
‘Verdelg Monsanto’ calls upon governments, International Financial Institutions and policy makers that participate in the official conference programme to ignore the pressure from the biotech lobby and choose for sustainable food security for all.
You can find a short analysis of the outcomes of the conference in The Hague in the article “Agriculture-Climate Summit The Hague: Roadmap to Nowhere”.
The call for the action:
Public Inspection of a Monsanto Facility
Enkhuizen, Tuesday morning 2 November 2010
Food security in times of climate change?
1-5 Nov agro industry lobbies, powerful governments, the UN, and Worldbank are getting together in the conference It’s down 2 Earth in The Hague preparing for the climate summit COP16 this November in Cancun, Mexico. They come up with technological solutions when what we need is a system change.
1. Get you hands off our lands and food!
Multinationals are monopolizing our food supply. They are chemical companies selling pesticides and artificial fertilizers. These multinationals develop patented GM crops, buy up seed companies, and tell greenwash stories to sell more chemicals and make more money. Large agribusiness, such as Monsanto and Syngenta, have other agendas and priorities than food security or fighting climate change. Their practices threaten small-scale farming and peoples’ food sovereignty around the world.
2. Our climate is not for sale!
One of the main drivers of deforestation and CO2 pollution is industrial agribusiness, mainly with soy crops and palm oil monocultures. Monsanto is lobbying hard for carbon credits for their GM Roundup Ready soybeans because these would contribute to the reduction of CO2. But in reality the soy is transported all over the globe and nearby communities get poisoned with Roundup pesticide, loose their own food production, end up in the slums.
3. Food sovereignty – no food monopolies!
The only way to enable people around the world to feed themselves is to establish food sovereignty: local community control over lands, seeds, water and sustainable agricultural processes. This can only be achieved by getting rid of monopolising, profit-seeking corporations and speculators like Monsanto and Syngenta. Small-scale agriculture not only contributes positively to the carbon balance of the planet, it also gives employment to 2.8 billion people. It remains the best way to combat hunger, malnutrition and the current food crisis. It uses less fossil fuels, takes local ecosystems into account and does not poison the environment with pesticides.
To get real ‘climate smart agriculture’ we need to start with getting the truth out and reveal the corporate lies about the current agriculture system. Let’s bring out Monsanto’s Hidden Agenda with a Public Inspection!
11:00 start march from Enkhuizen city centre to Monsanto facility
12:00 start inspection (Westeinde 161 Enkhuizen)
13:00 presentation results (same location)