The walls are closing in around Monsanto once again.
The multinational agricultural corporation were banned from entering the European parliament after they refused to play ball concerning allegations over their own failings.
New rules were implemented to stop companies like Monsanto who ignore summons requesting them to hearings concerning their own legal processes.
Monsanto, the biggest supplier of pesticides and herbicides in the world have now been banned from attending meetings at Strasbourg and Brussels, where influential world-wide laws are decided on.
Monsanto have made a name for themselves as troublemakers when it comes to breaking the rules. They are renowned for bullying and covering up their own misgivings.
Parliamentary spokesperson Antonio Tajani said of the ban:
“One has to assume it is effective immediately,”.
This is one of the biggest repercussions Monsanto will face in regards to their waiving of the rules.
The hearing they avoided was over safety concerns regarding their weedkiller ‘Roundup’ which contains the controversial ingredient glyphosate.
Glyphosate has been categorized as a ‘probably human carcinogen’ by the World Health Organization. Several people have claimed that exposure to the ingredient has caused tumours.
Despite mounting negative press against Monsanto and ‘Roundup’, they have continued to promote the product and have ignored the backlash.
A letter sent to MEPs stated:
“The joint hearing could be viewed as the latest attempt by those opposed to modern agricultural practices to influence and frustrate the EU scientific and regulatory process to suit their own agenda,”
Green party president Philippe Lamberts said:
“Those who ignore the rules of democracy also lose their rights as a lobbyist in the European parliament,”.
Martin Pigeon from the NGO Corporate Europe Observatory noted Monsanto’s attitude, saying “extremely important that parliament has been prepared to meet Monsanto’s unbelievable arrogance with real retaliation and consequences.”
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