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Media Release 2017

Monsanto Tribunal: how to stop companies poisoning people, intimidating critics and destroying environments.

Companies must be held accountable for human rights abuses Monsanto Tribunal judges stated in their legal opinion, released last night. "Radical advancements" in the rights of companies granted by the WTO, trade treaties, investment law and Investor State Dispute Settlements (ISDS) clauses mean people's fundamental rights to food, health, a safe environment and freedom of expression are effectively being ignored. Companies can sue governments but, as non-state actors, are not directly required to uphold human rights, which are voluntary and unenforceable.

Poisoned picnics - liver disease in the sandwiches?

Roundup causes Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) at levels Australians are exposed to in our food and water. Roundup, a glyphosate-based weedkiller, has been found in bread, cereal, baby food, honey, beer, wine and water. It has also been found in people's urine and breastmilk. NAFLD is the major liver disease in Australia, its incidence is increasing and children are affected. 

"Mothers should be able to feed their children without having to worry that we may be inadvertently setting our kids up for liver disease" said Fran Murrell from MADGE.

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