The questions of the access to water and to healthy food are old. Those are not new issues coming out of the mind of angry activists. Those issues, just like the right to a healthy environment are likely to become more important with climate change. It is our duty to set legal tools to face those issues. The Monsanto Tribunal is a step and a tool within this dynamic.”
Did Monsanto attend the Tribunal?
What is the purpose of the Monsanto Tribunal and the People’s Assembly?
Being an ambassador to this Tribunal is like being an ambassador to mother Earth. If mother Earth could speak, Monsanto ought to be in jail long before now. Food is a celebration, it is culture, it is life. This is a struggle not against one multinational corporation, it is a struggle for life, it is a struggle for liberty. A struggle to stop big companies from colonizing our food systems, colonizing our agriculture, holding mother Earth as a slave for their profits.”
What happens now that the Tribunal is over?
We will try to deliver the legal opinion before December 10th, the International Day of human Rights. It will be addressed to Monsanto and to the United Nations. From this legal opinion, other jurisdictions can be involved and more judges will step in. We, as the judges [at the Monsanto Tribunal] have seen, heard, noted and deliberated. Chances are that the international law will take into consideration new issues such as the ones related to ecocide.”
What you can do to help
Lindsay Oberst is the Outreach Manager for the Food Revolution Network. As a freelance writer, editor, and journalist, her specialties are holistic health, nutrition, and sustainability. She is passionate about playing with words and living a healthy, conscious, fun-filled life — and helping others do the same. Find her online at LindsayOberst.com_________________________
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