We have posted before on the iniquitous and corrupt access that the global corporates have to EU lawmaking. The ERT - the European Round Table of top EU based global corporates has a privileged inside track access to the Commission's law making process, and some say an effective veto on measures not to their advantage.
Glyphosate is a weedkiller discovered and patented by Monsanto in the early 1970s. It is very safe. Over 45 years, there has been no proven danger to human health from its use, either to those that apply it or those who come into contact with treated areas.
However, in the past few years, Monsanto's last patents have expired. This means that anyone can now manufacture and market Glyphosate. The company faces a massive hit to its profits from losing its monopoly, and is looking for an alternative. The problem is, Glyphosate is safe, useful and universal. What to do?
Well, firstly, a faction in the WHO were somehow persuaded to declare that Glyphosate was 'probably carcinigenic'. Rubbish, say independent and principled scientists. All the WHO found was that Glyphosate, when mixed with some other carrier chemicals and ingredients, could be carcinogenic. No study, not one single study, that looked at exposure to pure Glyphosate found any evidence at all of carcinogenicity. The science all points to the stuff it has been mixed with. The WHO's science, like much that now comes from that deeply corrupt and compromised body, is junk.
However, this hasn't stopped the EU, no doubt with some subtle hints from the ERT's chemical manufacturers, from using the corrupt science in moving to ban Glyphosate from this June. The ban, in a global market for Glyphosate of $6.5 billion in 2010, will allow the global corporates to sell highly profitable alternative in-patent weedkillers instead - with the danger that the new and untested products, unlike Glyphosate, may actually be either carcinogenic or may irrevocably damage the environment. It's like banning Aspirin.
Oh, and the EU are not planning any sort of ban on the 57 pesticides that are proven dangerous to bees and that are made by their close chums in the global corporate chemical industry. It stinks.