GMO GEOPOLITICS: EU SET TO APPROVE BAYER’S TAKEOVER OF ...

Yesterday, you'll recall, I blogged about GMO geopolitics and the Ukraine, and what appeared to be not only Western meddling with the food supply in general, but a scheme to turn "Europe's breadbasket" into a GMO testbed, complete with IMF loans and the presence of Mon(ster)santo in that nation. Well, Ms. M.W. spotted this story which appeared on RT and passed it along, and I'm blogging about it today because this one just made me laugh. We'll get to the reasons for the laughter in a moment. Here's the article:

EU to approve ‘marriage made in hell’ between Bayer & Monsanto

Now, I've blogged about this story before, and even gone so far as to suggest that what it portends is the re-emergence of I.G. Farben in a a new guise, that of "agribusiness giant", a vast agribusiness cartel that controls the lion's share of the GMO market, which is already dominated by but a few corporations. But little did I know. Ponder this one for some knee-slapping in-your-face globaloneyism, hilarious only because it's so transparently awful:

Bayer has already pledged to sell certain seed and herbicide assets for €5.9 billion ($7.2 billion) to chemical company BASF to address EU regulatory concerns. It will also give BASF a license to its digital farming data, people familiar with the matter said. BASF will thus have exclusive access as Bayer has not offered a legal obligation to license to other rivals.

Bayer said on Wednesday that additional antitrust concessions would include the sale of its vegetable seeds business. 

The Bayer-Monsanto deal, which would create a company with a share of more than a quarter of the world’s seed and pesticides market, has been criticized by environmentalists and farming groups. Some of them met with the European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who has received more than 50,000 petition emails and more than 5,000 letters opposing the deal.

“Approving this merger would create the world’s biggest agribusiness company, potentially crushing competitors and establishing an unprecedented monopoly on lucrative farming data,” said Adrian Bebb from environmental lobbying group Friends of the Earth Europe. (Boldface emphasis added, italicized emphasis in the original. Note to the editors of RT: italicizing is not used for quotations, it's used for emphasis.)

Now, not even those always-meddling-never-to-be-trusted-Byzantine-Russians and their super-criminal-evil-genius-mastermind Vladimir Putin could cook this one up. "Why?" one might ask. "What's the big deal? It's just business as usual for the EU trying to earn a few extra Deutschmar....er.... euros." Well, just for a bit of context here, let's recall that the final legal liquidation of the big German chemicals cartel, I.G. Farben, occurred only in 2002.

Yes, that's right, 2002. It was that big and that complex.

And here's the knee-slapper: two of the major German chemicals companies - multi-national giants in their own right - that were components of that vast cartel were (you guessed it) Bayer and BASF (Bayrische Analin und Sodafabrik, to give it its older name).

So, the EU deal would have one former component of IG Farben, Bayer, selling off certain of its business to another former component of IG Farben, BASF. No interlock or coordination there, no siree. Nothing to see here, move along.

As I pointed out in my book The Third Way, the current structure of the EU goes back to a 1942 study, sponsored by the Nazi-era Reichsbank and its Economics Minister, Walther Funk (who just also happened to be the Reichsbank president at the time), and sponsored also by IG Farben. The goal was to create a "European space" in which the big Grossraumkartel (IG Farben) could operate freely and without restraint in the projected Grossraum (large space) of a European federation.

So it should come as no surprise that the EU approved the deal. Its cartel business as usual. And that means that, despite all appearances, the cartel may not be functioning de jure any more, but it certainly appears to be functioning de facto.

See you on the flip side...

 

7 thoughts on “ GMO GEOPOLITICS: EU SET TO APPROVE BAYER’S TAKEOVER OF ...”

  1. Wait till the world gets a load of Dicamba (the new Roundup) 400 X more toxic than it’s predecessor. It’s already a catastrophy in many US agricultural farms. Their moto_ if you have a problem with selling your products make them worst, people won’t believe their eyes and might go for it. They’re so stupid and they don’t read.
    Science without conscience…
    https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/08/29/dicamba-herbicide.aspx
    https://www.ecowatch.com/monsanto-basf-lawsuit-dicamba-2445659441.html
    https://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=9&ved=0ahUKEwjQ8_vWnuPZAhUpxVQKHSThCocQFghnMAg&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.motherjones.com%2Ffood%2F2017%2F06%2Ffarmers-say-this-weedkiller-is-also-killing-their-soybean-plants%2F&usg=AOvVaw1xuZTv7Ck1NuaaV33TYA3P

  2. I mainly wonder about the timing of these events: Why Now ? Putting Mons(ter)anto (mostly America based) under Bayer (mostly German based) top-management is the most critical change. Any time a top-management changes countries, that company’s/corporation’s ‘secrets’ inevitably migrate to the owning country. What is it that Bayer really wants from Mons(ter)anto? And especially now, as America is on the verge of ‘melting down’ due to debt overload and being controlled by a certain rogue Middle East nation (really, their handlers)…

  3. This, in the end, is a case of the children running the school and arrogant and stupid to boot. The name European Union says it all and there is the problem of what territories really comprise Europe. As for big Agra may recommend the novel, not the movie versions Invasion Of The Body Snatchers the EU is run by the pod people.

  4. The winner of WW11 was corporate fascism.
    It’s getting to be that even those with eyes wide shut are starting to wake up to the fact that the threat to the Nation States is the private power of corporate fascism.
    Of course the Deep State/Breakaways have many fronts with which to masks their presence & policies. But, suffice to say “we’re” not in them except as cannon fodder.

  5. Those EU politicians should be shot, quartered and beheaded for their treason!
    I am at a loss for words right now.
    Lets hope the Italiens can make a mokkery of the EU so it fals apart and Russia can enter the market again.
    I was born in the late fifties and if some one would have suggested that I in my old age I would be searching for produce from Russia because it is the most clean I would have laught myself silly! But, but, it might just come to that!
    The EU needs to go and fast.

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