Charge Monsanto with Crimes Against Humanity
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We, the free-born people of the world, demand to live in a world free of poisonous food. We refuse to be part of Monsanto's crimes against humanity and do whole-heartedly object to Monsanto's activities!
Article 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights put forth by the United Nations states that EVERYONE has the right to adequate food and to be free from hunger. Article 12 recognizes the right of EVERYONE to enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.
Monsanto's activities are direct violation of these Articles and furthermore exploits Article 11: 2a and 2b for financial profit cloaking their company as utilizing progressive technologies to end hunger despite the lack of scientific consensus on GE safety and widespread global rejection of their products. Additional and acute concerns include pesticide related environmental poisoning, directly contributing to the decline of bee populations, which promotes crop failure through lack of cross-pollination, loss of biodiversity and potentially eventual increased food shortages.
Not only are Monsanto's activities violations of these articles but they violate EVERYONE'S RIGHTS as put forth under Article 3 under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: "Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person." Article 25 (1) states: "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control."
Fact Sheet #34 The Right to Adequate Food states that the right to food must be available, accessible and adequate. "Availability requires on the one hand that food should be available from natural resources either through the production of food, by cultivating land or animal husbandry." (Page 2) Monsanto patents their seeds and sues farmers for cross-contamination of crops with Monsanto's patented foods. Monsanto has a mission to make only their foods accessible. Monsanto further compromises adequacy, defined on Page 3 as: "Adequacy means that the food must satisfy dietary needs, taking into account the individual's age, living, conditions, health, occupation, sex, etc. For example, if children's food does not contain the nutrients necessary for their physical and mental development, it is not adequate. Food that is energy-dense and low-nutrient, which can contribute to obesity and other illnesses, could be another example of inadequate food. Food should be safe for human consumption and free from adverse substances, such as contaminants from industrial or agricultural processes, including residues from pesticides, hormones or veterinary drugs." Monsanto's products have been linked to cancer, obsesity, diabetes, autism and ADHD.
Furthermore Fact Sheet #34 The Right to Adequate Food explains the duty of the State is to respect, protect and fulfill the right to food. Page 18 clearly outlines the obligations of the States here: "States have to protect individuals' enjoyment of the right to food against violations by third parties (e.g., other individuals, groups, private enterprises and other entities). For example, States should prevent third parties from destroying sources of food by, for instance polluting land, water and air with hazardous industrial or agricultural products or destroying the ancestral lands of indigenous peoples to clear the way for mines, dams, highways or industrial agriculture. The obligation to protect also includes ensuring that food put on the market is safe and nutritious. States must therefore establish and enforce food quality and safety standards, and ensure fair and equal market practices." President Obama signed the Monsanto Protection Act to make illegal to sue Monsanto. He appointed Michael Taylor, former employee of Monsanto to the FDA. Another former Monsanto employee, Clarence Thomas, sits on the Supreme Court of the United States. States in America are demanding labelling of GMO foods and getting sued. So now there is a bill in Congress that would make it illegal for all states to label GMO foods. Monsanto's profits are being protected but the people are not. Furthermore, passage of the TPP/TTIP would allow Monsanto into sovereign countries where their products have been previously banned and would eliminate labelling requirements in such countries that require it due to labelling being a prejudicial device towards the consumers, again to protect profits.
Article II and Article III under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide are also applicable to this action. Article II defines genocide as:(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part. Article III defines punishable genocide as (b) Conspiracy to commit genocide (d) Attempt to commit genocide; (e) Complicity in genocide. Illnesses and health complications that result from consumption of genetically engineered foods certainly can meet these requirements. Furthermore, Monsanto manufactured Agent Orange which was used against the Vietnamese people in warfare, which violates the Protocol for the Prohibition of the Use in War of Asphyxiating, Poisonous or other Gases, and of Bacteriological Methods of Warfare ratified in Geneva in 1929. This proves their complicity in genocide. For all these citations, we the undersigned ask for an independent investigation and immediate moratorium on genetically engineered foods.
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