BAYER WANTS TO MERGE WITH MON(STER)SANTO...ET VOILA: I.G. FARBENSANTO!

BAYER WANTS TO MERGE WITH MON(STER)SANTO…ET VOILA: I.G. ...

Here's one that so many sent me I've simply got to blog about it, especially since we track the GMO issues from time to time on this website. In this case, this one is of particular interest to me, since a few years ago I "predicted" that what we were witnessing, and would witness in the future, is the creation of a kind of "IG Farben" of the GMO world, "I.G. Farbensanto", I called it. Well, lo and behold, the German chemicals/genetics giant, Bayer - one of the original "small" corporations, along with BASF(Bayrischen Analin und Soda Fabrik), and Hoechst that went to make up the giant inter-war and wartime German chemicals cartel that became almost synonymous with the "Nazi military-industrial complex" - wants to buy Mon(ster)santo:

Why a Bayer-Monsanto merger would be bad news for anyone who farms — or eats

Of course, since this story broke about a week ago, Mon(ster)santo rejected Bayer's initial offer, but the talks are ongoing. And in this context, recall only last year that Syngenta and Mon(ster)santo were in similar talks. The concern in the article is a concern we share here on this website, for the end result of all of this merger activity has been the reduction of biodiversity, as competitor's seeds are taken off the market, allowing IG Farbensanto, like all cartels inevitably do, to drive up prices, and further consolidate control:

The consolidation of two big industry players may also limit farmer choice and bargaining power, with increasing seed prices expected to be passed on to the grocery aisles.

“The consolidation and driving out of smaller competitors, and controlling the marketplace and raising prices of seeds and pesticides for farmers worldwide is going to be a real shock to the food system,” said Robert Lawrence, a Johns Hopkins School of Medicine professor and the founding director of the Center for a Liveable Future.

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“The fact is we went from having probably 30 or 40 varieties of soybeans to now having one variety” making up nearly all of U.S. soybean production, Lawrence said.

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“Do you have the diversity you need for a food supply that can bounce back?” Food and Water Watch’s Lovera asked.

And of course, notwithstanding these commen-sense scientific concerns, we get the usual blither about "GMO science" being needed to combat hunger in the world - ah, thank goodness for the altruism of IG Farbensanto!, it ranks right up there with Zyklon B as IG Farbensanto's contribution to "science" and "eliminating hunger"(and we all know how that "option" was pursued during World War Two):

Bayer didn’t respond to specific criticisms in a statement, instead generally addressing the company’s role in feeding a growing population. “GMO is all about science — and it is a relevant tool in the toolbox to fight hunger in the world,” the company said.

The bottom line here, for me at least, is that the agribusiness model of agriculture - the unlimited unregulated corporatization of agriculture - is sewing the seeds of a potential long term disaster all in the name of the short term "bottom line," and only one country has had the spine to stand up and say an unequivocal "no" to IG Farbensanto (and we all know which country that is).

The bottom line is disastrous from yet another point of view. Over the years of blogging about this issue, I have entertained the idea of "GMO geopolitics," namely, that the BRICSA bloc could, conceivably, opt to challenge the West's domination of world agriculture not only by challenging the GMO-argibuness model, but by offering on the world market non-GMO seeds and products, something for which there is a growing demand in the West(and you'll note, the Russian sanctions have conveniently prevented that from happening!) This has a flip side which can be posed in the form of the following question: is it is the national security interests of the members of the West to (1) restrict agricultural freedom of choice by continuing to favor the agribusiness giants with blatantly mercantilist policies, and (2) to thereby become dependent on potential enemies for non-GMO, bio-diverse seeds and products in case the unthinkable should happen?

I suggest that the answer to this question is, of course, a resounding no. And with that, it's high time for the buffoons in Congress, and for the FDA, to stand up and reverse the alarming trend.

And one more thing: if you think battling Mon(ster)santo is bad now, just wait until the merger...

See you on the flip side...

26 thoughts on “ BAYER WANTS TO MERGE WITH MON(STER)SANTO…ET VOILA: I.G. ...”

  1. crop diversity is important. a lack of it is usually blamed before every big economic/resource crush where mr global claims a famine emergency. sometimes it’s even true. others, like ireland, it’s not. there was no potato famine as such. there was economic/agricultural warfare.

    http://www.irishhistorian.com/IrishFamineTimeline.html

    http://www.irishholocaust.org/

    even diverse points of view acknowledge the massive ag output of ireland all through the irish genocide. the vast majority of that food went through liverpool. it was logged and well accounted for. the records today give lie to the idea that the poor farmers didn’t know better. so do the logs showing how many and where the brit army was stationed and what trade they forced irish farmers to give to the brits.

    it was not a legislative mistake. it was darwin, galton and other eugenicists enacting their will just as gates et al want to today. galton and darwin wrote about their social darwinism in their letters to each other. they openly discussed how the top two races (germans and brits) were evolving beautifully with the other 50 or so races serving the top 2 well. it was just those bottom few races holding everyone back. yep. the irish were at the bottom of their list.

    it’s the same as monstersyngentafarben is doing to india today. farmers don’t commit suicide by the hundreds of thousands because of psychological problems that couldashouldawoulda been addressed with some good counseling. they’re driven to it by offers they cannot refuse. and debts no human can pay.

    1. the land can be taken from those not resource-ful enough to keep it. crop diversity or its lack can be blamed later whether it is the problem or not.

      it’s probably worth noting that farmers have understood this for millenia. only non-farmers are unwise enough to believe farmers ever existed who did not know this.

    2. which is what made me suspicious of gates’ heifer international from the start. if those wonderful altruists bill and melinda are saving the world by giving away cows and goats to poor farmers the world over, one might ask at least every once in a while:

      what happened to the cows and goats raised by those poor farmers’ parents, and their parents going back thousands of generations?

    3. Genetic diversity is a natural ‘firewall’ against blights, pests, catastrophes, etc. Look at how many Peruvian potato sub-species still exist. In contrast, I believe all of today’s cultivated bananas (humans aside) are exactly one genetic offshoot. So, opportunistic ‘plagues’ are now on the edge of rendering it extinct, worldwide…

  2. I learned in pre-school that crop diversity is important. Thank you Squanto for teaching the pilgrims the proper agricultural methods.

    Funny tidbit, I purchased aspirin from 7/11 in a pinch the other day and then later picked up the Bayer brand. Turns out Bayer’s has something ridiculous like 30+ poisons in it while the 7/11 brand only has 8 ingredients. Who would of thought?

    1. “glyphosate” is just another/European name for Monsanto’s toxic/carcinogenic pesticide named “Round-Up” in the States-

      ca. 2/3 weeks ago the German MSM reported that those reportedly investigating/condemming the possible carcinogenic side effects of “glyphosate” just simply diappeared from the news (gosh!)-

      then add the concept of TTIP that is looming over Europe-

      the TWIT known as Angela Merkel (and her adm.- the real power behind her) is destroying Germany piecemeal-

      Larry in Germany

    2. “GMO is all about science – and it is a relevant tool in the toolbox to fight hunger in the world”. . . . They’re right in a way, by feeding the world with GMO You’ll be killing off the majority of the population and then you would have a surplus of food . . . . Poison food. Sometimes I just don’t even want to be here (earth) anymore, it’s just too fouled up.

  3. imagine a path where this all falls in on the perpetrators and leaves the rest of us standing watching them fall on their own knives.

    please do keep imagining

    it might be a good time to move to russia, ireland or chile. what other countries have had a reduction in the last 100 or 200 years and hence not due for another?

  4. In the same breath MarketWatch publishes an article on the safety of GMOs by a “group of scientists”
    (meaning industry insiders), certifying nobody can really prove “scientifically” a food can be harmful. But GMOs will solve world hunger. You can read their report or download it on the site of The National Academies of Sciences Engineering Medicine. Obscenity knows no bounds in the well to do industrial pharma chemfood medicine complex. Let me out o’ here!

  5. Joseph, “the unlimited unregulated corporatization of X” seems to be the main problem. The PTB have found a chink in humanity’s armor, and are exploiting it to the max. Ironically, the initial camel’s nose was to DEFINE corporations as human analogs. They are not…

    Rather than fighting battles against Mon(ster)santo, the real effort (other than fighting the PTB on their turf) needs to be the ‘dehumanitization’ of corporations. (Ironically again, they already have no humanity.) That fundamental ‘right’ needs to go away. Much of their Legal Shield will then follow…

    Get as close to the snake’s neck as possible. Whacking around the tail will do little good…

    1. Excellent Goshawks!
      I see why that comment went to the memory hole.
      Definitely not written the spirit of business.
      More a noir-like approach to exorcising the demons out of the religious practice of market fundamentalism.
      To put human and nature above the market? Est ist verboten.

  6. The NWO Slavs-Africans beast of burden, Western Europeans-Turks murdering enforcers, Western Asians Arab-Hebrews propagandist-swindlers, Norse-Normans the ruling parasites, East-Southeast-Asians-Native-Americans liquidated. Welcome everyone to HELL ON EARTH.

    1. Further for your Tibet studies I recommend “Bayonets To Lhasa: The British Invasion of Tibet” by Peter Fleming. It puts the PRC invasion in prospective Tibet another victim of The Great Game or the earlier version of the Domino Theory.

  7. I was wondering when this concept would finaly appear on this forum…

    what, ALREADY!? 🙁

    from me in Germany:

    I think this planed merger all fits in with the planed TTIP mov’t (isn’t synchonicity a bitch?) which German Consumer Minister Renate Künast called “a disaster for consumer rights”- her statement in German MSM was reported ONCE and then miraculously disappeared (gosh!)-

    on the one hand Europeans (the mortals- not the elite) are dead against GMOs so it is still up in the air that if/IF Bayer manages to take over Monsanto if they will continue Monsanto’s genocidal policies or if they will finaly throttle Monsanto’s GMO policies via the take-over- as I am not an insider I just simply do not know-

    I hope (“live in hope- die in despair”?) that if/IF the merger happens it will be a positive thing; if NOT all I can say is we can slowly kiss our lives good-bye (I’m sure all are aware of the concept “slow kill”) and above all the lives of our progeny-

    am not trying to sound pessemistic or negative but just trying to be realistic-

    please be well all-

    Larry in Germany

  8. Ah, my comment awaits moderation.

    I suppose it was not moderate enough in its denunciation of a system that could produce such corporations and such a corporate merger.

  9. Everything in the US American version of capitalism is simply a derivative of prostitution. Human beings are simply resource commodities to be bought and sold, used and disposed of according to the will and pleasure of the owners. This is a step beyond the Nazi idea of simply seeing a portion of humanity as non-human. Humans all are mere commodities, and the chem-agribusiness is a ‘natural’ development in managing and culling the herd.

    A merger of Bayer and Monsatan would be a true marriage from hell.

  10. The bad is in the past you could roll up your sleeves and do it your selves and even that is taken away.

    The places where there is freedom of thought/choise on planet earth is getting smaller and smaller by the second.

    I just want to be left alone and not told what to do, what to think, what to feel and being constantly evaluated and corrected by well meaning brainwhashed state drones who I must live amongst.

    I know employees who work for monstersanto. They think it would be a good thing to become a European firm. I rather have America keep their filth we have enough of our own to deal with, but it is a good way to force GMO’s thru the EU. GMO is not popular here.

  11. The long term plan would go something like this: take control of the world food supply; destroy the worlds productive farmlands with glyphosphate by killing the microorganisms; resulting drop in productivity leads to famine (plausible deniability); resulting in sever population reduction through disease, hunger and war.
    Now add into the mix big pharma’s new drugs which solve one problem and have 50 nasty side effects (including death) and vaccines used as sterilization/disease inducing weaponry, common core, the constant brainwashing of he MSM to get the unwashed masses to accept all this and you have just the tip of the iceberg for what is in the works.
    It would seem that just about everything in todays world is designed to kill either by short or long term side effects.
    Couple this with the pollution and take over of the worlds water supplies with radiation from reactors/storage facility leaks, fracking, etc. and the purchase by large corporations of the remaining viable water supplies and you have another weapon in your arsenal. Add to the mix the “climate change” hoax and its resulting “policy changes” and carbon taxation nonsense and the bailouts of the too big to fail banks owned but he 1% to further impoverish the masses.
    Once the trade agreements in process now are implemented along with Agenda 2030, they will have consolidated their control to the point it will be nearly unstoppable.
    Mr. Global has already told us his intentions on the Georgia Guide stones and is in the process of implementing that plan before our eyes. The media, under their control, has us looking every where but where the actual problems lay through propaganda and mind control techniques 24/7; and the implementation of the total surveillance state will catch any who fail to respond accordingly for targeted elimination through any number of methods.
    Paranoia or a realistic conclusion from observable data?

    1. I guess the elites have all the pure water they need down in Antarctica and will have it shipped to their private retreats while the 99% plebs fight over the toxic wet stuff infested with carcinogenic chemicals.

    2. Nope that pretty much sums it up walking dead, I still have hope humanity will be able to fight off the corporate world beast in the long run, we will see

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