Monsanto’s Roundup bottles get relabelled by activists in run up to EU glyphosate decision
- Garden centres and DIY stores across the UK targeted by replacement packaging that warns of toxic danger of Monsanto’s flagship product
- EU moves towards decision in May as to whether or not to relicense ‘probably carcinogenic’ glyphosate amidst widespread public controversy
Activists across the UK are heading to DIY shops and garden centres to re-label bottles of Monsanto’s weed killer ‘Roundup’ with warnings that it contains the chemical glyphosate that the World Health Organisation has said is “probably carcinogenic”. The action is taking place with just over a week before the EU is set to decide on whether or not to relicense the chemical.
- In March 2015, the WHO classified glyphosate as ‘probably carcinogenic.’
- In March 2016, a panel of experts were supposed to decide whether or not the EU should relicense the chemical, currently set to expire in June. But widespread opposition, including France, Italy and Sweden and almost a million and half people signing a petition against relicensing, meant that the decision was delayed until 18/19 May.
- In the interim the European Parliament passed a non-binding resolution in April which recommended putting strict limitations on the sale and use of glyphosate.
In early May pressure group Global Justice Now, which has a long-standing campaign against the corporate control of food systems, sent almost 400 ‘Monsanto Exposed’ brandalism packs across the country to people who had requested them. The packs contain labels that have been designed using the distinctive branding of Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer that contains glyphosate and accounts for a third of Monsanto’s total sales. The spoof labels warns that the product ‘probably causing cancer’ and that Monsanto’s corporate control of agriculture ‘degrades farmers’ power.’
Activist groups are being encouraged to wrap the labels around bottles of Roundup in garden centres across the country and share images on social media with the hashtag #MonsantoExposed.
Aisha Dodwell, a food campaigner from Global Justice Now said:
The fact that the EU is even considering relicensing a chemical that is probably causing cancer is testament to the enormous influence that big agribusiness companies like Monsanto have over decision making procedures and our politicians. Monsanto’s toxic products are being targeted in garden centres and DIY shops across the country because we want policy makers to take decisions based on what’s good for public health and farmers rights, not what’s good for Monsanto’s profit margins.
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