This time, it's being revealed that Monsanto engaged in a massive spying operation in Europe that involved targeting journalists, lawmakers, regulators, and others of importance in order to propagandize – and likely bribe – them into supporting and continuing to approve Roundup (glyphosate), genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), and other Monsanto products throughout Europe.
As you may already know, Monsanto had long struggled to convince European authorities to agree to chemically-assault their constituents with its various agricultural poisons, as Europe maintains a more natural, traditional approach to food production compared to the United States. Because of this, Monsanto had apparently attempted a sneakier and even less ethical approach to forcing its wares into mainstream use across the pond than it employed here in the States.
According to reports, French prosecutors are now forcing an inquiry into the matter after the French newspaper Le Monde filed a complaint against Monsanto, alleging that it compiled a file on at least 200 big names in Europe, which it then used as a tool for "influencing positions on pesticides."
Bayer, which now owns Monsanto, has since come out to admit that Monsanto is, in fact, guilty of these charges.
"It's safe to say that other countries in Europe were affected by lists," admitted Matthias Berninger, Bayer's head of public affairs and sustainability, to journalists about Monsanto's scheming activities throughout Europe. "I assume that all EU member states could potentially be affected," he added.
Stopping short of admitting that Monsanto had engaged in illegal activity, Berninger did infer that the company had not, in fact, played fair during its existence, using a sports analogy to make his point that Monsanto was certainly a shady business, at best.
"There have been a number of cases where – as they would say in football – not the ball was played, but the man, or woman, was tackled," Berninger stated during a conference call. "When you collect non-publicly available data about individuals, a Rubicon is clearly crossed," even if data privacy laws weren't technically broken, he added.
This news comes at the same time that Bayer is having to sustain a barrage of lawsuits from people who claim they were seriously harmed by exposure to Monsanto's Roundup herbicide – some of these cases having already been ruled and awarded against Bayer, and in favor of injured plaintiffs.
"Bayer AG was ordered to pay more than $2 billion in damages to a California couple that claimed they got cancer as a result of using its Roundup weedkiller for about three decades," a Bloomberg report reveals about one such victory against Monsanto.
With more than 13,000 additional lawsuits of a similar nature currently pending, things don't look too good for Bayer, which could effectively go bankrupt in the face of all these potential judgments – not to mention the sustained negative press that the Germany-based company is facing due to taking on the horrific reputation of Monsanto with its acquisition.
"If 10,000 lawsuits each result in a jury award of just $100 million – the low side of awards so far – this would cost Bayer $1 trillion, plunging the evil corporation into financial ruin," notes Mike Adams, the Health Ranger.
As for its "black ops" spying activities in Europe, Monsanto-turned-Bayer is potentially facing criminal complaints stemming from this as well, including from Inra and CNRS, two public-sector research institutes in France.
"Bayer will ask an external law firm to investigate the project Monsanto commissioned and evaluate the allegations," a company spokesperson is quoted as saying. "The law firm will also inform all of the persons on the lists of the information collected about them."
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