Source – Organizing committee of the Monsanto Tribunal
“Many of you have asked about the pending buyout of Monsanto by Bayer, and how this will affect the Monsanto Tribunal. Will the tribunal still happen? Will the name change? Will all the work and planning of the last year be wasted?
Here’s the good news. Bayer’s proposed buyout of Monsanto will have no negative impact on the Monsanto Tribunal.
Here’s why. First of all, the buyout will be challenged. And even if it’s approved, it won’t be final until well into 2017. More important, when the tribunal judges issue their final advisory opinions (about a month after the tribunal concludes on October 16), those legal opinions will apply to all agribusiness corporations (including Bayer)—not just Monsanto.
Monsanto’s (and Bayer’s) crimes against human health and the environment, on a global scale, are well-documented. And yet, with great arrogance, calculated planning, and riches acquired at the expense of human suffering and irreparable harm to the environment, Monsanto carries on with business as usual—even as it looks to merge with yet another corporate criminal, Bayer.
Citizens’ tribunals have a long history of drawing widespread attention to corporate corruption, and of ultimately leading to criminal trials. Like you, we want the Monsanto Tribunal to push courts in countries all over the world to hold Monsanto accountable for its crimes.
In order to have the greatest impact, we still have a lot of work to do to finish organizing the Tribunal and People’s Assembly, and to promote the Tribunal to the public and especially to the international media.”
Bayers presence in South Africa is looming – as is that of Monsanto
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“Bayer’s presence in Africa dates back to the late 1800’s, with the first legal entity set-up in South Africa followed by Morocco, Kenya, Algeria, Nigeria and Zimbabwe. At present Bayer is cementing its presence in Africa with over 1000 employees spread across legal entities already established in a number of countries, and other are in the process of being established. Our key business locations in Africa include South Africa, Kenya, Cote d’Ivoire, Morocco and Algeria. We plan to further expand our presence in Africa in all our areas of business.