Syngenta, is a major international agribusiness corporation with branches in about 90 countries. In Australia, Syngenta is a major player in researching and promoting GM crop development and the sprays to use on these crops. According to Syngenta Australia’s website they are “involved in collaborative projects with local universities, associations, co-operative research centres, the CSIRO and Federal Departments of Agriculture and Primary Industries. Past notable partnerships included the University of Sydney, Daratech, the Forest Herbicide Management Research Group and the University of Melbourne”… “Our cutting edge Research and Development (R&D) drives our Australian crop protection business. Our scientists discover and develop new pesticides for Australian conditions and continue to make our existing products even safer and more effective.”…”Our breeding and technology seed experts continue to improve and develop new growing varieties, and we have more than 20 years experience in developing products for ornamentals and turf.”…”We have a very strong pipeline of new products and will further increase our investment in Australia in the future, making us Australia’s leading agri-science business.” Link
Reads very well until you read what Syngenta has been up to in Germany, but of course they wouldn’t be doing this in Australia, would they?
A precautionary word of advice: Don’t eat too many of those tasty GM corn chips.
Biotech Leader Covered Up Animal Deaths From GM Corn
By Anthony Gucciardi, Natural Society
16 June 12
Corn is the second-most important GM crop worldwide, growing in 18 countries. GM corn includes insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant varieties, and unlike soybeans, some GM corn has both modifications ‘stacked’ together.
In a riveting victory against genetically modified creations, a major biotech company known as Syngenta has been criminally charged for denying knowledge that its GM Bt corn actually kills livestock. What’s more is not only did the company deny this fact, but they did so in a civil court case that ended back in 2007. The charges were finally issued after a long legal struggle against the mega corp initiated by a German farmer named Gottfried Gloeckner whose dairy cattle died after eating the Bt toxin and coming down with a ‘mysterious’ illness.
Grown on his own farm from 1997 to 2002, the cows on the farm were all being fed exclusively on Syngenta’s Bt 176 corn by the year 2000. It was around this time that the mysterious illnesses began to emerge among the cattle population. Syngenta paid Gloeckner 40,000 euros in an effort to silence the farmer, however a civil lawsuit was brought upon the company. Amazingly, 2 cows ate genetically modified maize (now banned in Poland over serious concerns) and died. During the civil lawsuit, however, Syngenta refused to admit that its GM corn was responsible. In fact, they went as far as to claim having no knowledge whatsoever of harm.
The case was dismissed and Gloeckner, the farmer who launched the suit, was left thousands of euros in debt. And that’s not all; Gloeckner continued to lose many cows as a result of Syngenta’s modified Bt corn. After halting the use of GM feed in 2002, Gloeckner attempted a full investigation with the Robert Koch Institute and Syngenta involved. The data of this investigation is still unavailable to the public, and only examined one cow. In 2009, however, the Gloeckner teamed up with a German action group known as Bündnis Aktion Gen-Klage and to ultimately bring Syngenta to the criminal court.
Using the testimony of another farmer whose cows died after eating Syngenta product, Gloeckner and the team have charged the biotech giant for the death of over 65 cows, withholding knowledge of the death-link, and holding the corporation liable for not registering the cattle deaths. The team is even charging Hans-Theo Jahmann, the German head of Syngenta , personally over the withholding of knowledge.
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