Don’t Cry My Children

A Poem by Stefanie Bennett

– after Monsanto and Dow Chemical

They scold you for being
Too big for your boots.
For back-chatting.
For singing in quiet places.
For feeding the animals.
For questioning the damnation
Of some; the elation
Of others. They question
The questioning. You must not
Cry, my children!
It happens because it happens.

Soon, you’ll learn to laugh
In all the right quarters.
Soon, you’ll learn to lie
With the best of them.
Soon, the answers will be
Covered by a bill-of-sale
You’ll slip into, comfortably.
The humans of this world
Clothe and cord their existence
In a way that costs the very
Earth… but not one red cent.

And –, as for the odd one of you,
They can’t take a chance
On the odds of a chance. The unusual
Is dangerous. A close watch is kept.
They scold with laws fit only
For the breaking. There’s…
The locking-up, the throwing away
Of keys. And a thing called ‘personality’.
You would not want to be
One of the oddities
Left crying?
Whatever you do

– Do not make the mistake
Of answering me.

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Agent Orange Infection – I go to school with my friend.

Agent Orange Infection – I go to school with my friend.

A cheerful seeming oil pastel by 14-year-old Do Nguyen Thanh Tam: http://artswithoutborders-eddee.blogspot.com/2012/06/speakpeace-at-war-memorial-art-museum.html

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Monsanto, What Have You Done?

A Poem by Korea J. Brownstein

I am an old man.
I’m seventy-two.
I’m supposed to go to high school,
but I do not–I go to day care.
I’m seventy-two,
but I look like I’m two
and I always sleep with my teddy bear
and play outside with my friends.
Everyone asks me how old I am
and I tell them I’m seventy-two,
but I look like I am three.
The girls come by
and I tell them I’m seventy-two,
but I look like I’m four.
I play with three year old toys.
I hear a tweak.
I hear a knock.

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DREAM VOLLEY; Summer of ‘69 for Mick (Never Forgetting Monsanto and Dow Chemical)

A Poem by Stefanie Bennett

I wanted to come back.
The stones had not moved
Since my passing.
A cock still crowed late,
Past daylight.
The windmill sat stern,
Forever unturned.

Wildflowers hugged the back door.
The old dog… once a pup,
Rolled over in the shade
Of the ghost gum,
Forgetting he knew
How to bark; forgetting
What it means to howl.

I wanted to come back. Not
As a will-o’-wisp
Or love’s mercenary…

I wanted to come back, but not ever
With the Nobel Prize for insecurity
Wedged in the crook of my arm.

I wanted to come back.
As keen as a new grass-blade.
A pinnacle within a dream

… I wanted. I wanted that.

The dew lay like premature tears.
Perhaps the earth wept!
Indisputably, my knees sank
Into heart’s soil
That seemed to melt.
To forgive.
A little.

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Monsanto–GUILTY!

Find here the full text and the summary of the advisory legal opinion delivered by the Monsanto Tribunal judges in The Hague on April 18th 2017.

http://en.monsantotribunal.org/Conclusions

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Monsanto not only found guilty, but also for being major liars

A federal judge in the United States recently ordered Monsanto to release 250 pages of internal documents, and what they revealed is practically criminal: Monsanto has known for 17 years that glyphosate, the main ingredient in its pesticide Roundup, could cause cancer.

And they launched a massive coverup to make sure we never found out.

The released documents — dubbed the “Monsanto papers” — show the agricultural giant has been manipulating research, colluding with a senior government official at the US Environmental Protection Agency, and providing bogus articles to government agencies — all to refute the fact that glyphosate is a carcinogen.

Monsanto has proven itself completely untrustworthy and an ongoing risk to public health. It should never be allowed to merge with Bayer — which would only make both companies more powerful and give them control over our food supply from seed to plate.

Here’s what happened: In 1999, Monsanto commissioned a researcher to study glyphosate and prove that it does not cause cancer. However, the scientist found just the opposite — that glyphosate had properties likely to be carcinogenic.

Rather than do the ethical thing and stop using glyphosate, Monsanto buried the study and began a massive campaign to “prove” that glyphosate did not cause cancer.

Internal corporate communications uncovered by the courts show that Monsanto conspired with an EPA deputy director to stop reviews of the effects of glyphosate by government agencies. The same EPA official also tipped off the company to a glyphosate report released by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, giving Monsanto the time it needed to build a public relations onslaught against the findings.

The agri-giant paid for their own studies defending glyphosate use, and then hired scientists to write articles for academic journals using the studies. These articles were then used by the EPA and the European Food Safety Authority to determine that Roundup was safe to use on food crops.

And we only know about the coverup because of a lawsuit by people claiming they got cancer from using Roundup.

Monsanto has put people’s lives at risk for decades.

Now, even though the International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen, Monsanto is still denying that Roundup is harmful.

Monsanto needs to be held accountable for the damage it’s done to the environment and to the people who use its products.

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Monsanto–Guilty!–Part 5

By providing Agent Orange, between 1962 and 1973, more than 70 million liters of Agent Orange (containing dioxin) were sprayed on approximately 2.6 million hectares of land. This defoliating chemical has caused serious harm to health in the Vietnamese civilian population. And the harm caused to American, New Zealand, Australian and Korean veterans has lead to court cases and to the recognition of Monsanto’s responsibility, among others. Because of the current state of international law and the absence of specific evidence, the Tribunal cannot give any definitive answer to the question it was asked. Nevertheless, it seems that Monsanto knew how its products would be used and had information on the consequences for human health and the environment. The Tribunal is of the view that, would the crime of Ecocide be added in International law, the reported facts could fall within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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