The Bayer-Monsanto Merger Is Bad News for the Planet

I agree in many ways.

Rigged Game

Reining in powerful Big Ag conglomerates is more than just a question of economics. It may be a question of the survival of life on this planet

By Ellen Brown and cross-posted from truthdig

Two new studies from Europe show that the number of birds in agricultural areas of France has crashed by a third in just 15 years, with some species being almost eradicated. The collapse in the bird population mirrors the discovery last October that more than three quarters of all flying insects in Germany have vanished in just three decades. Insects are the staple food source of birds, the pollinators of fruits and the aerators of the soil.

The chief suspect in this mass extinction is the aggressive use of neonicotinoid pesticides, particularly imidacloprid and clothianidin, both made by the Germany-based chemical giant Bayer. These pesticides, along with toxic glyphosate herbicides such as Roundup, have…

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