In February, the US Department of Justice announced its formal
go-ahead for the Bayer-Monsanto merger.
Monsanto is now property of the German chemical
and pharmaceutical giant Bayer, and its name has ceased to exist.
The name Monsanto has been synonymous with GMOs, glyphosate and seed patents,
along with all the consequences these have on farmers.
By choosing to acquire Monsanto, Bayer also gained a rather infamous reputation -
and potential future liability - now cascading throughout its entire product line.
With the purchase of Monsanto last year, weed killer Roundup becomes a brand owned by Bayer.
As the active ingredient in Roundup and hundreds of other
herbicides, glyphosate represents billions of dollars in annual revenues,
and is prominently used by farmers as an aid in food production,
by cities for keeping public parks and playgrounds weed free,
and by homeowners who want a tidy lawn.
But the chemical was deemed a probable human carcinogen by the World Health Organization's
cancer experts in 2015 in a finding that has since triggered waves of liability lawsuits
As their first action before court, Bayer filed to appeal in the case of Dewayne Johnson,
who claimed repeated use of Roundup gave him the non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
But Judge Suzanne Bolanos upheld the verdict while significantly slashing
the punitive damages to reduce Johnson's total compensation from
289 to 78 million US. The next plaintiff Bayer faces is Edwin Hardeman, in a
trial with U.S. District Judge Vince Chaabria in San Francisco, which began February 25.
Hardeman's is the leading case in a multi-district litigation of hundreds
of similar cases which are legally linked, but will be heard separately.
Bayer is confronted with a total of more than 9,300 lawsuits in the United States.
Glyphosate is under particular scrutiny in Europe.
In France, authorities in January banned a form of the herbicide, Roundup Pro 360.
In Germany, from 2020, farmers will be required to set aside 10 percent
of their farmland to protect biological diversity if they want to use
glyphosate and similar herbicides, the government announced last autumn.
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Starbucks has a very big problem with disposable cups.
The coffee chain serves more than 4 billion to-go cups annually but most of them end
up in the landfill. Why? The cups themselves are made from high-quality paper that
could be recycled several times, but the 100% oil-based polyethylene plastic
linings clog the recycling machines and are not compostable.
Many discarded cups and waste from the cup-manufacturing process end up in China,
but they're not recycled there, either they just get landfilled.
Back in 2008, Starbucks pledged to make a 100% recyclable paper cup and sell 25% of
drinks in reusable cups by 2015. To date, Starbucks has failed to produce a 100% recyclable
paper cup, and currently serves only 1.4% of drinks in reusable cups.
Starting in 2018 - the world's largest coffee chain is testing recyclable
coffee cups in UK stores. The new cups are made of 100% recycled, chemical-free paper
and lined with a plastic film that can easily be removed by standard recycling facilities.
It seems counterintuitive that Starbucks is clumsy in its adoption of more sustainable
practices, given its vast access to capital for research and development.
But creating a sustainable disposable cup is much harder than most people think.
With operations in 75 countries, Starbucks faces a patchwork of recycling
infrastructure and market conditions.
Despite knowing its environmental impact, Starbucks has pledged to dramatically
expand its presence in Asia in 2018 - with no plan to address its plastic waste.
Starbucks cups, lids, and iconic green straws make up a visible portion of the catastrophic
plastic pollution in our oceans.
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Mondelēz International, the company behind Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers,
continues to source palm oil linked to deforestation in Indonesia, according to a
This happens despite the U.S. food giant's series of commitments and policies
to sourcing sustainable palm oil, a commodity found in items ranging from ice cream and
laundry detergent to cosmetics and biofuels.
The investigation by Greenpeace International found that between 2015 and 2017,
22 of Mondelēz's palm oil suppliers cleared more than 700 square kilometers
of rainforest, a large part of it constituted the habitat of critically endangered orangutans.
Half of the Bornean orangutan population has been wiped out in just 16 years, with habitat
destruction by the palm oil industry a leading driver.
In 2014 Mondelēz adopted a "no deforestation, no peat, no exploitation" (NDPE) policy,
restricting the company to sourcing palm oil that does not involve deforestation, loss
of peatland, child labor or violation of human rights.
Mondelēz's supply chain still relies on Wilmar International, the world's
largest refiner and trader of palm oil. Wilmar International totally failed to break its
links to rainforest destruction.
Following an intensive global campaign by Greenpeace to end to deforestation for palm oil,
Wilmar International, has published a detailed action plan on 10 December 2018 to map and monitor
all of its suppliers. If implemented, this would put the palm oil giant, which supplies 40 %
of the world's palm oil, one step closer to finally eliminating deforestation from its supply
chain and would have a major impact on the rest of the industry.
Over a 1.3 million people have signed our petition asking Oreo to stop buying palm oil from forest
destroyers. Join them!
The world's biggest packaged food company, Nestlé, said it would focus on
eliminating non-recyclable plastics, encourage the use of plastics that allow better
recycling rates and eliminate or change complex combinations of packaging materials.
According to Greenpeace, the announcement of Nestlé
is greenwashing because the multinational company is missing out on giving clear
quantitative targets on the reduction of plastic waste.
Greenpeace teaming up with various local organizations assessed how large
corporations and brands contribute to plastic pollution in the oceans:
a global initiative comprising 239 plastic cleanups in 42 countries
found that five corporations - Nestlé, Tim Hortons, PepsiCo, The Coca-Cola Company
and McDonald's - accounted for 46 per cent of branded plastic trash collected
in the cleanups.
Coca-Cola was assessed to be the worst plastic polluter worldwide as well as
within North America, where it was followed by PepsiCo and Nestlé, in that order.
Developing countries, such as the Philippines, run on a 'sachet economy',
which encourages people of buying short-lived consumer goods in small quantities.
This drives market and profit share for most companies by making it more
accessible to people with limited incomes.
But the low-value single-use plastic sachets are not collected by waste pickers
and usually are scattered around as litter in the streets and end up as marine debris.
The Philippines is the third biggest source of plastic ocean pollution
because global corporations are selling cheap, disposable plastics, rather
than finding solutions to the plastic problem.
Recycling does not solve the problem of plastic pollution,
because the recyclability of a product does not necessarily reduce the
likelihood of it being thrown away.
The only way to curb plastic pollution is by stopping corporations from producing
single-use plastics in the first place.
Multinational food and drinks giant Nestlé was suspended from the world's largest
association for ethical palm oil production, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)
for being in breach of the RSPO's statutes and code of conduct.
Nestlé can no longer use the RSPO's stamp of approval to claim its products are sustainable.
Nestlé has not submitted an annual progress report for 2016, and,
for 2017, it submitted the annual progress report without a time-bound plan.
Its membership payment is also overdue.
While the behaviour of Nestlé is annoying, it is also true that RSPO lacks
ambition on protecting the most important rainforests.
Greenpeace has raised at least five cases of RSPO members destroying
rainforest with the RSPO in the past year. The RSPO has not taken any action against them.
So, RSPO seems to care more about profit with certified palm oil than protecting forests.
Greenpeace International investigation revealed that RSPO board member Wilmar International
is still linked to forest destruction for palm oil almost five years after
making a no-deforestation commitment.
A one-off action to suspend to Nestlé for failing to report cannot be taken too seriously
when the RSPO, at the same time, allows Indofood to continue selling certified
so-called "sustainable" palm oil produced by children, unpaid women, and exploited workers.
Indofood also ignores the RSPO's guidelines on protecting precious orangutan habitat and
is guilty of logging on carbon-rich peat land, intensifying climate chaos.
Ultimately, Nestlé is part of this game, too. The snack food giant profits from lucrative
joint venture partnerships with Indofood by co-branding products in the South Asian
market. And cheating on their own palm oil commitments.
Tell the RSPO to suspend Nestlé reckless palm oil business partner Indofood, too!
And you can do more to build up pressure against Nestlé and co:
join our Nestlé Boycott.
sign the petition from Greenpeace US calling on big companies to stop using palm oil
from rainforest destroyers!
McDonald's Happy Meal is about to get a makeover. The fast-food chain announced
new nutrition standards for its kids' meals and upcoming menu swaps designed to make
options for children healthier.
By June 2018, all its U.S. Happy Meals will contain less than 600 calories - and most
will contain less than 650 milligrams of salt. The chain is shrinking the size of
the fries that come with kids' Chicken McNuggets and reformulating its chocolate milk
to make it less sugary.
Aside from the fact, that a 600-calorie meal is still excessive for some young and
less active children, pimping the Happy Meal with some healthy options does not
change the cruelty happening to the chickens that are raised and killed for this meal.
Chickens raised for McDonald's grow so large so fast that many endure
injuries including broken legs, which buckle under the enormous weight of their own bodies.
Major fast-food companies like Subway and Burger King have signed on to major
reforms in their supply chain. These comprehensive changes include breeds of chicken
who will suffer less as they grow, more space for each animal, and better housing conditions.
Despite nearly 100 major companies signing on to this pledge, there has been one
standout who has resisted change: McDonald's.
McDonald's has misled their customers by putting
out a policy that mimics the tone and style of the real pledge, but omits the
most meaningful reforms.
The Humane League and other animal rights groups like Animal Equality, Compassion in World
Farming, Compassion Over Killing, Mercy For Animals, and World Animal Protection
are asking for McDonald's
to commit to welfare reforms for the chickens in its supply chain.
For more background and live updates about the campaign, follow on social media with the
hashtag #imnotlovinit, visit
ImNotLovinIt.com and let McDonald's know that you won't be fooled
by their weak chicken welfare policy.
Coca-Cola Company funds the Global Energy Balance Network, a front group aimed at
diverting attention away from evidence showing sugary drinks is a major contributor to
obesity and diabetes. Last year, Coca-Cola made a 1.5 million USD donation to two
universities where the leaders of the new front group are employed. Since 2008, the company
has also funded projects led by two of the group's founding members, with 4 million USD.
Taking a cue from tobacco companies, Coca-Cola is supporting scientists who help them deny
the role sugary drinks play in causing obesity.
A study based on documents of the consumer and public health group U.S. Right to Know
reveals that Coca-Cola funded and supported the GEBN to go to war with the public health
community over obesity and who is responsible for it.
Even though Coca-Cola has tried to buy scientific weight for its claims that exercise
is more important for combating obesity than diet. The scientific consensus actually
runs the other way. Because sugary drinks increase the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular
disease, tooth decay and liver disease, independent of the calories they contribute to the diet.
They alter the body's metabolism, affecting insulin, cholesterol and metabolites that
cause high blood pressure.
Research definitely shows exercise is largely ineffective for producing any significant amount
of weight loss on its own. If you want any chance of weight reduction, you have to cut
calories as well.
Following news from beginning of February, that Guatemalan palm oil company REPSA had been charged
in a high profile case of corruption, and pressure from Friends of the Earth and allies,
Nestlé has quietly announced that it will phase out its purchasing of palm oil from REPSA.
Since 2015, REPSA has been linked to a massive spill of palm oil effluent into Guatemala's Pasion River
and to the killing of indigenous community leader Rigoberto Lima Choc.
Earlier this year, news broke that several REPSA executives were subject to arrest orders in a
high-profile tax fraud investigation in Guatemala.
Nestlé's decision follows other companies', including Cargill and Wilmar International,
who severed ties with REPSA late in 2017 after a two-year campaign by Friends of the Earth in the U.S. and Guatemala.
This is not the first time Nestlé deals with companies that have poor human rights records.
In August 2015, the multinational faced a class-action lawsuit by U.S. customers who claimed Nestlé's
Fancy Feast cat food was the product of slave labor. Later, the company launched its own investigation and
admitted to the charge.
McDonald's uses millions of plastic straws every single day. Used for just a few
seconds, then thrown away, many end up polluting our oceans.
If we can get McDonald's to ditch its dirty habit we can stop millions of plastic straws
clogging up our oceans and killing the animals that live in them.
A total of 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in our seas every year -- that's the
equivalent to five shopping bags of waste on every foot of coastline in the world!
As a result it's estimated that every year a million seabirds and 100,000 marine animals
-- such as sea turtles -- die.
Plastic doesn't degrade, but is broken up into ever smaller pieces. So if that straw isn't
swallowed whole by a large bird or turtle, the bits it breaks into can be eaten by fish or
fed to chicks starving to death with stomachs full of plastic.
If nothing changes, there could be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050.
Take action now, tell McDonald's to stop using plastic straws that pollute our oceans!|
Starbucks is one of the largest purchasers of milk in the US,
purchasing over 140 million gallons of milk each year. This volume of milk is
expected to grow as the company plans to add 1 store every 6 hours over the next
five years. Multiple environmental and food organizations have appealed to
Starbuck CEO Howard Schultz to switch to organic milk.
Singer/songwriter Neil Young announced that he's boycotting
Starbucks over the coffee monolith's alleged involvement in a lawsuit in Vermont regarding
the labeling of genetically modified (GMO) ingredients.
"There's much more at stake here than just whether GMO foods will be labeled
in a single U.S. state. Vermont is the very first state in the U.S. to require
labeling," he said. "Dozens of other states have said that they will follow this
path - in order to encourage this, we need to ensure that Vermont's law stands strong."
Starbucks wants you to think the company is on your side when it comes to GMO labeling laws.
But as long as Starbucks is a dues-paying member of the
Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), which is party to a lawsuit against the
state of Vermont intended to overturn Vermont's GMO labeling law, the coffee
peddler's profits are being used to defeat your right to know.
Tell Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz: Stop Supporting Efforts to Kill GMO Labeling Laws.
Quit the GMA!|
Nestlé holds about 50% of the world's breast milk substitute market and is being
boycotted for continued breaches of the 1981 WHO Code regulating the marketing of breast
milk substitutes. The first commercial infant formula came about in the mid-19th century.
Formula ingredients started simple, containing only cow's milk, wheat, malt flour, and
potassium bicarbonate. Two hundred years later, companies are now adding engineered
nanoparticles to baby formula.
Environment group Friends of the Earth (FoE) wants three brands of formula taken off shop shelves
after tests showed they contained microscopic nano-hydroxyapatite particles.
Nano-hydroxyapatite particles which have been found to damage cells in rat's livers and kidneys.
The affected baby formula brands are: Nestlé NAN H.A. Gold 1, Nature's Way Kids Smart 1 and
Heinz Nurture Original 1.
FoE said the Nestlé NAN H.A. Gold 1 and Nature's Way Kids Smart 1 samples contained a needle-like
form of hydroxyapatite, which the European Commission's Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety
has said is potentially toxic and should not be used in oral products such as toothpaste
Children's immune, central nervous, reproductive and digestive systems are still developing,
and at certain early stages of development, exposure to toxicants can lead to irreversible
damage which can increase risk of disease later in life.
The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration states that nano-scale titanium dioxide,
which were found in baby formula samples, is a potential occupational carcinogen.
Baby formula should be the last place for companies to experiment with new food technologies
that haven't been proven safe.
Potential health effects of nanoparticles found in baby formula.|
Nestlé Boycott continues!
McDonald's and the International Olympics Committee (IOC) are ending
their long-running sponsorship deal three years early.
The partnership has been met with broad and sustained public resistance at each
successive Olympics game since 2012.
Food campaigners have attacked the role of McDonald's as sponsors of the
Olympic Games in Rio 2016 because the fast food sponsor is abusing the sporting event
to promote unhealthy high-fat and sugar products.
McDonald's has been subject to mounting opposition for its aggressive and
exploitative marketing to children, whether it's in schools, hospitals, or
indeed sports organizations.
McDonald's marketing practices are not only harmful, but have also become a reputational
and business liability for the world's leading junk food brand.
For far too long, the fast food giant has profited richly from its sponsorship
of the Olympics, in spite of the blatant contradiction between the junk food that
McDonald's peddles and the healthy lifestyle -- including diet -- that Olympic athletes
must adhere to.
Other sports associations, such as FIFA and the NFL, would do well to follow suit
and protect the health of millions of children by cutting ties with McDonald's.
The European Union is expected to decide soon whether to license glyphosate weedkiller
for 15 more years, despite cancer-warnings from the UN's International Agency for
Research on Cancer. However on 24 May the European Food Safety Authority (Efsa) dismissed
a study linking Monsanto glyphosate-based weedkiller Roundup to cancer after counsel
from former US Environmental Protection Agency officer Jess Rowlands. Jess Rowlands,
the former head of the EPA's cancer assessment review committee (CARC), who figures in more than
20 lawsuits, had previously told Monsanto he would try to block a US government inquiry
into the issue, according to court documents.
Efsa adopted an argument Rowlands had used to reject a key 2001 study which found a causal
link between exposure to glyphosate and increased tumour incidence in mice.
More than 600,000 Europeans have already signed the Stop Glyphosate ECI launched in
February 2017. But the ECI has to be backed by at least one million EU citizens, coming
from at least 7 out of the 28 member states.
To support a European Citizens' Initiative, you must be an EU citizen (national of an
EU member state) and be old enough to vote in European Parliament elections (18 except
Austria where the voting age is 16).
Please sign the European Citizens Initiative calling for a ban on glyphosate, a
trustworthy pesticide approval procedure, and EU-wide targets to cut pesticide use.
Monsanto started to sell its Xtend cotton and soybeans seeds, which are
genetically engineered to resist dicamba and Roundup (aka glyphosate)
several growing seasons before getting federal approval for the corresponding
herbicide. Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton was introduced in 2015 and Roundup
Ready 2 Xtend soybeans was introduced in 2016. However, the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) only approved the corresponding herbicide, XtendiMax
with VaporGrip Technology, in late 2016.
The inevitable result was farmers throughout the country used illegal and
dangerous herbicides to try to protect the Xtend seeds.
Now, farmers across 10 states are suing Monsanto, alleging that the agrochemical
company sold Xtend cotton and soybean crops knowing that growers
had no other choice than illegally spraying older versions of dicamba
onto their crops and by this inadvertently damaging nearby non-target crops due to drift.
Since June 22 last year, Missouri state's Department of Agriculture has received
124 complaints over pesticide drift that damaged more than 41,000 acres of
non-target crops such as soybeans as well as peaches, tomatoes, watermelons, etc.
Monsanto has a long criminal record of poisoning farmers, consumers, communities
and the environment for profit, and then using the government, regulatory agencies
or the military to defend themselves, claiming that what they did was authorized or
Almost everything you eat could be controlled by a single mega-corporation,
if Bayer gets its way and buys Monsanto.
The new mega-corporation would control 29 percent of the world's
seed market and 28 percent of the global pesticide market.
Bayer has been subject to criticism over its widely used insecticide,
imidacloprid, which belongs to a controversial class of chemicals
called neonicotinoids that's linked to widespread deaths of pollinators.
That's why Bayer is often named bee-killer.
Bayer is also active in the business of genetically modified (GMO) crops.
In 2006, the Washington Post reported that Bayer's GMO rice, LLRICE 601 rice,
endowed with bacterial DNA that makes rice plants resistant to a weed killer,
was spreading out of control.
U.S. commercial supplies of long-grain rice had become inadvertently
contaminated with the rice not approved for human consumption. The following year,
Bayer admitted it was unable to control the spread of its GMO rice
despite "the best practices to stop contamination".
But a Bayer-Monsanto merger is not inevitable.
The merger faces antitrust reviews by agencies in the U.S., Europe and China,
including by the Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Department of Justice, the European
Commission and stockholders of the publicly traded companies.
Sign the petition to stop the Monsanto-Bayer mega merger.
In recent years, Walmart has done much to mitigate its image as a big box bad guy.
Part of Walmart's public image makeover has been to cast itself as a politically moderate company
that donates as much to Democrats as to Republicans.
But even in the 2010 elections, the company and the founding Walton family still disproportionately
supported right-wing candidates and Democrats with more right-wing positions.
A majority of Walmart customers and employees are middle-income or low-income, but through its
donations and lobbying efforts the company consistently works against the interest of these groups.
For example, Walmart lobbied aggressively to defeat measures for expanded early childhood education
and healthcare for the uninsured in California.
Although Walmart has long supported past Republican nominees and conventions, this year
is different. Donald Trump is different. His values and offensive statements are beyond the pale.
Until now, Walmart did not withdraw their financial support for Trump's electional campaign
and the Republican Convention.
Join us in asking Walmart to denounce Mr. Trump's intolerance and narrow-minded statements by refusing
to give money to the 2016 Republican Convention.
Tell Walmart to Denounce Trump.
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McDonald's promote their food as 'nutritious':
but the reality is that it is junk food - high in fat, sugar and salt, and low in fibre and vitamins.
A diet of this type is linked with a greater
risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other diseases.
Their food also contains many chemical additives, some of which may cause ill-health, and hyperactivity in children.
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