chemicals giant Bayer has confirmed its record-breaking $66bn takeover of
GM seeds business Monsanto - a deal that would create the world's biggest
seeds and pesticides company.
somehow quite fitting that Bayer should takeover Monsanto, a corporation
viewed by many people as being one of the world’s most reviled companies.
of the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials document that, as part of the infamous
IG Farben Cartel, Bayer gave more than 80 million Reichsmark to the Nazis
and their sub-organizations. (In today’s money, this amount would
be equivalent to over half a billion US dollars)! During WWII, in return
for this “investment”, IG Farben took over the chemical, pharmaceutical,
and petrochemical industries of the occupied countries with the ultimate
goal of creating and dominating a single “European Market”.
This Nazi/IG Farben model for Europe was subsequently used as the blueprint
for the Brussels EU of today.
is not all. Bayer’s pharmaceutical division used thousands of wartime
concentration camp prisoners as guinea pigs for the conducting of deadly
medical experiments. Chemicals used in these tests eventually went on to
become the first generation of chemotherapy drugs. To the managers who ordered
the experiments, it didn’t matter that the substances used had a high
toxicity and risk of serious side effects, including death, as the Auschwitz
concentration camp provided them with an almost endless supply of victims.
WWII, Fritz ter Meer, a senior director of Bayer and IG Farben, was convicted
in Nuremberg for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Astonishingly sentenced
to a mere 7 years in prison he was given early release and then reemployed
by Bayer, who appointed him as chairman of its supervisory board. Even as
recently as 2006 it is reported that the company was still laying wreaths
on his grave.
improving Bayer’s image, we expect its purchase of Monsanto will likely
instead simply raise further awareness of the company’s shameful past.
A “Marriage Made in Hell”?
By Ty Bollinger
has agreed to be sold to Bayer for $56.5 billion - a deal worth a total
of $66 billion when Monsanto’s debt is taken into account. The combined
company would be the world’s largest seller of both seeds and agrichemicals.
arguably the most loathed GMO company on the face of the earth, has been
the subject of heated discussions for decades, especially in recent days
as their top-selling product (RoundUp) contains glyphosate, which has been
linked to cancer, autism, and respiratory sickness.
has lobbied widely and even filed lawsuits to prohibit labeling of GMO products
and bury the World Health Organization’s report listing glyphosate
as a probable carcinogen. If Monsanto joins forces with Bayer (one of the
most hated Big Pharma companies in the world), the resulting “marriage
made in hell” would be a drug-seed-pesticide company that controls
almost 1/3 of the world’s seed market and almost ¼ of the pesticide
market. Many would argue that this would equate to a monopoly. More on that
topic later in the article.
this would not be the first time Monsanto and Bayer have teamed up. During
the Vietnam War, both firms were involved in the development of Agent Orange.
And both firms are currently involved in the GMO market today. Speaking
of GMOs, I was watching Fox News Channel a couple of days ago and the “expert”
being interviewed said that this was necessary in order to feed the world
and that GMO foods are the only solution. WRONG!
said “expert” is unfamiliar with the recent research, specifically
Report, which is the most comprehensive report on the future of food
and agriculture (sponsored by the World Bank and the UN, written by over
400 scientists and endorsed by 59 countries).
report, they did not endorse GMOs as a solution to world hunger. In addition,
genetic engineering has not significantly increased U.S. crop yields, according
to the USDA and controlled comparative studies. As a matter of fact, many
GMOs have lower yields than non-GMO crops. Did I mention that GMO crops
have been linked to cancer and have numerous potential health risks?
look at the sordid history of both of these companies…
Brief History of BAYER
Founded in Barmen, Germany in 1863 by Friedrich Bayer and his partner,
Johann Friedrich Weskott.
During World War 1, Bayer turned its attention to the manufacture of chemical
weapons including chlorine gas.
In 1925, Bayer, BASF, and Hoechst merged to form the massive German conglomerate
Interessengemeinschaft Farben (IG Farben) which was the single biggest
donor to Hitler’s election campaign.
IG Farben built the concentration camps at Auschwitz to supply slave labor
for the nearby IG Farben plant (also known as IG Auschwitz). Hitler eventually
used these same camps in his megalomaniacal attempt to exterminate the
In 1941, Otto Armbrust, the IG Farben board member responsible for IG
Farben’s Auschwitz project, told his colleagues, “our new
friendship with the SS is a blessing. We have determined all measures
integrating the concentration camps to benefit our company.”
A subsidiary of IG Farben manufactured and supplied Zyklon B to the SS.
This poisonous cyanide-based pesticide, on which IG Farben held the patent,
was used during the Holocaust to annihilate more than 1,000,000 people
in the concentration/extermination camps. IG Farben also supplied the
SS with the Methanol used to burn the corpses.
In 1946, the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal concluded that without IG Farben
the Second World War would simply not have been possible.
At Nuremberg, Fritz ter Fritz ter Meer Bayer ChairmanMeer (an executive
of IG Farben) was convicted of slavery, mass murder, and crimes against
humanity. After serving 5 years in prison, he became Chairman of the Board
at Bayer in 1956, a position which he held for almost a decade.
In 1962, just fifteen years after they were convicted in the Nuremberg
War Crimes Tribunal, Bayer, BASF and Hoechst were again the architects
of the next major human rights offence when they established the Codex
In the mid-1980s, Bayer was one of the companies which sold a product
called Factor VIII concentrate to treat hemophilia. Factor VIII turned
out to be infected with HIV. After learning that the product was contaminated,
in order to save money, Bayer continued selling this infected product
to Asia and Latin America even though a safe product was available. Dr.
Sidney M. Wolfe, who investigated the scandal, commented, “These
are the most incriminating internal pharmaceutical industry documents
I have ever seen.”
In the 1990s, the federal government launched an investigation on Bayer’s
unethical billing practices on Medicaid program and the Department of
Justice found Bayer guilty of fraud. Bayer had to pay $14 Million to settle
charges of causing inflated Medicaid claims.
Pfleger• Yaz (approved by FDA in 2006) and Yasmin (2001) were revolutionary
birth control pills that use a synthetic hormone called drospirenone (DSP).
Yaz or Yasmin have led to hundreds of deaths in young and healthy women.
The drug Trasylol was banned in 2006 after it contributed to thousands
of deaths in patients every single month for over a decade. After a 2006
study showed widespread deaths associated with Trasylol, it took FDA and
Bayer almost two years to take the drug off of the market. Later on it
was revealed that Bayer had buried evidence of Trasylol’s severe
In 2008, the German Coalition against Bayer brought a charge against the
Bayer Board of Management, with the public prosecutor in Freiburg accusing
Bayer of contributing to the mass death of bees all over the world through
its aggressive pesticide marketing. Since then, the bee debacle has only
grown worse, with thousands of hives collapsing after poisoning by the
pesticide clothianidin, producing a worldwide crisis.
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website for much of the above information.
Monsanto was founded in 1901 in St. Louis, Missouri, by John Francis Queeny,
a 30-year veteran of the pharmaceutical industry. Its first product was
the artificial sweetener Saccharin, which Monsanto sold to the Coca-Cola
In the 1920s, Monsanto Chemical Company was founded and incorporated the
town of Monsanto, later renamed Sauget, Illinois. For years, the Monsanto
plant in Sauget was the nation’s largest producer of polychlorinated
biphenyls (PCBs), which were banned in the 1970s. PCBs are potent carcinogens
and have been implicated in reproductive, developmental and immune system
disorders. According to thousands of pages of released Monsanto documents
(many of them emblazoned with warnings such as “CONFIDENTIAL: Read
and Destroy”), they knew about the PCB dangers from early on, but
decided to conceal what they knew. One Monsanto memo explains their justification:
“We can’t afford to lose one dollar of business.”
During World War II, Monsanto played a significant role in the Manhattan
Project to develop the atom bomb.
In 1944, Monsanto began manufacturing DDT, which was banned in 1972.
Following World War II, Monsanto championed the use of chemical pesticides
in agriculture, and began manufacturing the herbicide 2,4,5-T, which contains
dioxin. During the Vietnam War, the U.S. military initiated an herbicidal
warfare program using Agent Orange (a mixture of 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D and
had very high concentrations of dioxin) as a defoliant.
for peaceMonsanto and Dow Chemical were the two largest producers of Agent
Orange, which has been linked to cancer and birth defects. According to
the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 4.8 million Vietnamese people
were exposed to Agent Orange, resulting in 400,000 deaths and disabilities,
plus 500,000 children born with birth defects, leading to calls for Monsanto
to be prosecuted for war crimes. Internal Monsanto memos show that Monsanto
knew of the problems of dioxin contamination of Agent Orange when it sold
it to the U.S. government for use in Vietnam.
In 1973, Monsanto developed and patented the glyphosate molecule and began
manufacturing Roundup. In 2015, the World Health Organization declared
glyphosate to be a probable carcinogen. Despite this fact, Roundup is
still marketed as “safe.”
In 1982, Monsanto genetically modified a plant cell for the first time.
In the mid-1980s, Monsanto purchased G.D. Searle, the chemical company
that held the patent to aspartame, the active ingredient in NutraSweet.
Monsanto was apparently untroubled by aspartame’s clouded past,
including a 1980 FDA Board of Inquiry, comprised of three independent
scientists, which confirmed that it “might induce brain tumors.”
The aspartame business became a separate Monsanto subsidiary, the NutraSweet
In the late-1980s and early-1990s, Monsanto spent almost $500,000 to defeat
Proposition 65 (California’s anti-toxics initiative which prohibited
the discharge of chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects into
drinking water supplies) and Proposition 128 (California’s pesticide
regulation initiative that would have phased out Monsanto’s product
alachlor, which is linked to cancer). During the same time period, Monsanto
also conducted the first field tests of genetically engineered (GMO) crops.
In 1991, Monsanto was fined $1.2 million for trying to conceal discharge
of contaminated waste water into the Mystic River in Connecticut.
In the mid-1990s, Monsanto developed their controversial cattle drug,
recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH or rBST), which is produced through
a genetically engineered E. coli bacteria.
During the same time period, Monsanto was ranked 5th among U.S. corporations
in EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory, having discharged 37 million pounds
of toxic chemicals into the air, land, water and underground. Monsanto
was ordered to pay $41.1 million to a waste management company in Texas
due to concerns over hazardous waste dumping.
In 1996, Monsanto introduced “Roundup Ready Soybeans” and
“BT Cotton” then in 1998 “Roundup Ready Corn”
By 2007, Monsanto’s GMO seeds accounted for over 90% of the world’s
In 2010, former Monsanto lobbyist Michael R. Taylor was appointed as Deputy
Commissioner of Food Safety at the FDA (the fox is guarding the henhouse).
Since 2012, Monsanto has spent more than $25 million to fight state ballot
initiatives to label GMOs and millions more to lobby Congress against
mandatory GMO labeling.
website for much of the above information.
Monsanto Union: A Dark and Dangerous Threat
above bullet points about Bayer and Monsanto are merely the tip of the iceberg.
I could have written an entire book detailing the unscrupulous activities
that these companies have engaged in over the past century. But I think
you get the point. This “hidden” history of Bayer and Monsanto
indicates that both of these companies have consistently been involved with
malevolent endeavors that wreaked havoc on humanity and caused sickness,
pain, and death on a massive scale. These companies are like a cancer eating
away at the physical fabric of our world.
two companies join forces, the dark and dangerous synergy and malignant
power will metastasize and be so great that, figuratively speaking, the
universe might explode! To use a Lord of the Rings analogy, it would be
like Sauron acquiring the One Ring.
this merger actually happen? It’s hard to say. Thankfully, there are
anti-trust laws in place that will force the entire deal to undergo tremendous
scrutiny and lengthy regulatory processes in the USA as well as the EU.
“This merger is not a slam dunk,” said Diana Moss, president
of the American Antitrust Institute. Also, a legal opinion written by two
former Department of Justice officials (Antitrust Division) argues that
the merger would violate the Clayton Act and would also be in direct violation
of a 2008 court order.
Against MonsantoA Bayer-Monsanto merger certainly threatens the world food
supply with domination by GMOs and destructive, carcinogenic agrochemicals.
Thanks primarily to the anti-GMO and “Millions Against Monsanto”
movements, the behemoth biotech bully is on the ropes.
Monsanto thinks that if it changes its name, that we will forget its poisonous
past. Think again Monsanto.
14-16, Monsanto’s crimes against humanity will be exposed at the Monsanto
Tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands.
all it takes for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing. We must
stick together and help educate our neighbors in order to continue the good
fight together… for our children and every future generation to come.
it’s time to put Bayer and Big Pharma on trial as well and build an
even bigger worldwide unified assembly. Maybe we could call it “Billions
Against Big Pharma and Bayer-Monsanto.”