June 23, 2018
It is hardly surprising
that the first thing
did after completing their takeover
Monsanto earlier this month was to announce that they were dropping
the Monsanto name, merging the two companies' agrichemical divisions
Bayer CropScience name.
After all, as everyone
knows, Monsanto is one of the most hated corporations in the world.
But Bayer itself has an equally atrocious history of death and
Together they are a match
made in hell...
WERNER BAUMANN: Hello.
Today I'm happy to
announce that this Thursday Bayer will complete the acquisition
of Monsanto. This is good news for several reasons…
Statement by Werner Baumann on the expected closing of the
acquisition of Monsanto
If you had told someone two decades ago that by 2018 the company
commercialized chemical warfare and the company that
commercialized Agent Orange were going to team up to control a
quarter of the world's food supply, chances are you would have been
labeled a loony.
Unless your name was
Robert B. Shapiro...
He was CEO of Monsanto
from 1995 to 2000, and in 1999 he
Business Week that the company's goal was to wed,
"three of the
largest industries in the world,
...hat now operate as separate businesses. But there are a set of
changes that will lead to their integration."
With this month's announcement that Bayer has completed its $63
acquisition of Monsanto, it is hard to deny that Shapiro's
vision has been realized.
Too bad for all of us that vision is a
Because, contrary to the feel-good corporate propaganda being
churned out by the company's PR department - propaganda that would
have you believe that this merger will be good for the environment,
for farmers, for ending global hunger, and, incidentally, for lining
the pockets of shareholders - these two corporate giants are in fact
committed to the consolidation and transformation of the world's
food supply in the hands of the genetic engineers.
Monsanto and Bayer
are a match made in hell.
It is hardly surprising that the first thing Bayer did after
completing their takeover of Monsanto earlier this month was to
announce that they were
dropping the Monsanto name, merging the two companies'
agrichemical divisions under the "Bayer Crop Science" name.
all, as everyone knows, Monsanto is one of the most hated
corporations in the world.
HOST: In the film
Neil Degrasse Tyson notes that Monsanto is one of the most hated
companies in the world. Why do people have such strong feelings
Why is Monsanto Hated?
MARINA PORTNAYA: The worldwide
Monsanto has drawn hundreds out onto the streets here in New
York City, with people seizing the opportunity to voice their
concerns and opposition to GMO foods.
March against Monsanto: World rallies to protest GMO in 38
countries, 428 cities
LUKE RUDKOWSKI: Why are you here?
PROTESTER: I am here because I have a
loathing hatred for the company Monsanto, which a lot of people
don't know that Monsanto is actually just a chemical company and
they have no business basically dictating our food supply.
Why Are People Protesting GMO's [sic] and Monsanto
ANCHOR: New at noon: The City of Seattle is
suing biotech giant Monsanto to make it pay for removing
cancer-causing chemicals in the water.
The city says the company
knowingly dumped the compounds in the city's drainage system and
the Duwamish River for years.
Seattle needs to build a storm
water treatment plant to clean the system that will cost about
27 million dollars. Six other major municipalities sued Monsanto
Seattle Sues Monsanto For KNOWINGLY Dumping Cancer Causing
Chemicals Into City's Drainage System
MIKE PAPANTONIO: Environmental lawyers have
begun filing lawsuits against Monsanto for cancer deaths related
to their product Roundup.
What these lawsuits are showing is an
effort - both on the part of Monsanto and the US government - to
minimize the message about the dangers of Roundup in
relationship to human cancer.
Lawsuits Helping To Expose Monsanto's Deadly Roundup Cover-up
BILL MOYERS: Now your bullseye is on
Monsanto. Why is Monsanto so crucial to this fight over seeds?
VANDANA SHIVA: Monsanto is crucial to this
fight because they are the biggest seed company now. Monsanto is
privatizing the seed.
They control 95% of the cotton in India,
90% of the soy in this country. They've taken over most of the
seed companies in the world.
Vandana Shiva on the Problem with Genetically-Modified Seeds
This hatred of Monsanto is not unreasonable.
It is, after all,
difficult to think of a company that has ruined the lives of more
people around the world, either directly through its coercive and
litigious practices against small farmers the world over, or
indirectly through the pollution of the food supply with their
genetically modified crops.
Many are familiar with the company's sordid past, including its
role in the
development of Agent Orange and its contribution to the epidemic
farmer suicides in India.
But in recent years Monsanto has
gained special notoriety for its attempts to push the boundaries of
patent law in a self-admitted effort to gain a monopoly over the
world's food supply.
Even worse, Monsanto has, thanks to a
revolving door with the highest levels of the US government,
been not just evil, but extraordinarily effective in spreading its
evil seed around the world.
That revolving door has seen literally
dozens of top Monsanto executives drift in and out of the US
government agencies that, laughably, are said to "regulate" the
agrichemical business, including,
These officials have helped smooth the way for Monsanto to
achieve a number of key corporate objectives, including the passage
of the infamous "Monsanto Protection Act" in 2013.
TABETHA WALLACE: First off, President
Obama recently signed into law what many are
calling the "Monsanto Protection Act."
Monsanto, the world's
leading producer of genetically modified food, will benefit
greatly from the bill, since the legislation gives companies
dealing in modified organisms and genetically engineered seeds
immunity from federal courts. (Nothing creepy about that.)
bill states that even if future research shows that
GMOs or GE
seeds cause significant health problems, cancer, etc, anything,
that the federal courts no longer have any power to stop their
spread, use, or sale.
Interesting to note the bill carrying the Monsanto rider has
virtually nothing to do with food, agriculture, or consumer
health. It was inserted into a spending bill through lobbying
efforts and the good work of freshman Senator
TYREL VENTURA: Well, congratulations Mr.
VENTURA: Very good.
WALLACE: Maybe write him a letter.
VENTURA: I love Mr. Blunt because Monsanto's
such a wonderfully healthy, nutritious company.
WALLACE: Really looking out. It's
amazing. And the Center for Responsive Politics notes that
Senator Blunt received $64,250 from Monsanto for his campaign
committee between 2008 and...
VENTURA: Nothing to do with him making a
protection bill or anything like that. That was just purely good
citizenry at work.
WALLACE: Of course. Mr. Blunt has been the
largest Republican recipient of Monsanto funding as of late.
VENTURA: Oh, lovely. So basically Mr. Blunt
gave him an out clause. We don't know what these GMO seeds and
all that crazy shit that they do does. Sorry for the sailor
talk. But you know we don't know what these cats do. They
basically are poisoning the plants to kill bugs and...
WALLACE: Their pesticides are actually
killing the bee population. There's research to prove it, and
now because of this law technically we can't do anything.
VENTURA: Yeah, we can't go back as citizens.
The government can't go back and sue them or hold them
accountable for any of the actions that they've done.
beautiful. This is wonderful politics as usual. You know, the
old pay-to-play kind of technique of "we'll give you X amount of
dollars, get you elected, and then help us out here."
Obama and the Monsanto Protection Act
But, ironically, of all the corporations in the world, Bayer is
one of the few that could compete with Monsanto for its position as
the world's most evil company.
There are two huge issues with this
The first is, that it's going to raise food prices all across
the United States and even
beyond our borders. Farmers have already experienced a 300%
price increase in recent years, on everything from seeds to
fertilizer, all of which are controlled by Monsanto.
forecaster is predicting that these prices are going to climb
even higher because of this merger.
So we're going to have this
massive price hike at a time when 14 million Americans have
already been unable to provide food for their families, and then
we're going to have this ethical problem that's plagued both of
these corporations for decades.
Let's start with Monsanto.
This is a company that produced
Agent Orange, which resulted in one of the largest human-induced
health epidemics in modern history. They made dioxin, they
created and distributed PCBs across the planet, and now, pending
litigation against them
for Roundup is right there.
their rap sheet would scare the heck out of anybody with a
brain. They're in the business …
Actually, really, when you
drill down to it, it looks more like a cancer business than
anything. They've been hit for false advertising and bribing
Then, move to Bayer. We've got Bayer and we've got Monsanto.
Move to Bayer. This is a company that's joined at the hip with
the Nazis, during World War II. They produced a clotting agent
for hemophiliacs, in the 1980s, called Factor VIII.
blood-clotting agent was tainted with HIV, and then, after the
government told them they couldn't sell it here, they shipped it
all over the world, infecting people all over the world. That's
just part of the Bayer story.
Right now, they're facing lawsuits
over products like,
In fact, the
company, in 2014 annual report, listed 32 different liability
lawsuits that the company's now facing.
So now you have
the worst of the worst joining with the worst
of the worst, and we have this
magnificent experience of greed with these two huge
This is a merger of evil, probably second only to
the kind of merger that we'd see with DuPont and Dow Chemical.
It's an ugly story.
Again, the media is missing the point. They're not looking at
all behind what these people are… They're people. These
corporations are regarded as people. If these are people on a
witness stand, it's going to be a very ugly cross examination.
These are people who should probably be in prison, rather than
engaging in mergers.
Nazi Ties & Agent Orange: The Real Bayer-Monsanto Merger Story
- The Ring Of Fire
Although less well-known by the general public, Bayer's shameful
history is, like Monsanto's, a case study in corporate psychopathy...
Founded in 1863 by
Friedrich Bayer and Johann Friedrich Weskott,
it wasn't until 1899 that the company trademarked its most
well-known product: aspirin.
Less well-remembered is the fact that
Bayer was the first company to trademark heroin, which they marketed
as a "non-addictive" alternative to morphine and a "cough
But it was under the stewardship of
Carl Duisberg at the turn of
the 20th century that the company began to develop its psychopathic
In 1914 the German Ministry of War appointed Duisberg as
one of the co-directors of a commission into the use of dangerous
byproducts from the chemical industry.
Unsurprisingly, Duisberg and
his fellow directors jumped at the opportunity to turn their waste
into profit by recommending the development of
chlorine gas for use
on the battlefield, a direct contravention of the Hague Convention
Respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land, which Germany had
signed just seven years earlier.
Bayer, under Duisberg's command, did not just participate in the
development and use of poison gas in warfare; they
Duisberg personally oversaw the earliest tests
of poison gas and bragged about its lethal capabilities:
won't even know when an area has been sprayed with it and will
remain quietly in place until the consequences occur."
Setting up a
School for Chemical Warfare at Bayer headquarters in Leverkusen, Duisberg also oversaw the development of phosgene and mustard gas,
which he urged the German government to use:
"This phosgene is the
meanest weapon I know. I strongly recommend that we not let the
opportunity of this war pass without also testing gas grenades."
On April 22, 1915, Duisberg got his wish.
On that day 170 tons of
chlorine gas was used against French troops at Ypres, Belgium,
killing 1,000 and injuring a further 4,000.
Attacks on the British
followed days later. In all, some 60,000 people died as the result
of the chemical warfare perfected by Bayer and urged on by Duisberg,
one of the great, largely-forgotten atrocities of the First World
Most galling of all, Duisberg was not ashamed of his
accomplishments. On the contrary, he was immensely proud of them.
even commissioned famed artist Otto Bollhagen to paint the scene of
the earliest poison gas test at Cologne.
Duisberg so enjoyed
the finished result (above image) that he had it hung in his breakfast room at
Bayer headquarters in Leverkusen.
Later, Duisberg - inspired by a tour of Rockefeller's
Standard Oil in the US - wedded Bayer to the
IG Farben chemical
As I explained in "How
Big Oil Conquered the World," IG Farben was a key player in the
burgeoning oiligarchy of the early 20th century, boasting key oiligarchs like Royal Dutch Shell's
Prince Bernhard and Standard
Oil's Walter Teagle on the boards of its various branches. Bayer's
Duisberg served as the head of its supervisory board.
Joining Duisberg on the board was
Fritz ter Meer, who oversaw the
construction of the
IG Farben factory at Auschwitz, which ran on slave labor and
participated in human experimentation.
After the war, ter Meer was
sentenced to seven years in prison for his participation in looting
and enslavement of the camp prisoners, but was released in 1950 for
"good behavior," and, in 1956 became chairman of Bayer AG, newly
resurrected from the ashes of IG Farben.
But this legacy of death is not some ancient relic of Bayer's
Decade after decade, the company continues to be
involved in scandal after scandal, involving wanton environmental
destruction, injury, and even mass murder.
JAMES EVAN PILATO:
Accidentally Funds Study Showing Its Pesticide is Killing Bees,
Promptly Denies Conclusions"
A large-scale study on neonicotinoid pesticides is adding to
the growing body of evidence that these agricultural chemicals
are indeed harming bee populations (to say the very least).
Carried out at 33 sites in the United Kingdom, Germany and
Hungary, the study found that exposure to
honeybee hives less likely to survive over winter, while
bumblebees and solitary bees produced fewer queens."
- New World Next Week with James Evan Pilato
FARRON COUSINS: Mirena is a chemical-coated
soft plastic IUD that proved to be a huge moneymaker for Bayer.
But part of the reason that this particular contraceptive was so
profitable was because Bayer was deliberately overstating the
benefits of their device and not disclosing some of the rare but
dangerous side effects.
For example, in April of 2009 the FDA had to issue a warning
letter to Bayer HealthCare because its website for Mirena made a
number of claims that were simply untrue or unproven.
so busy making claims that the IUD was a perfect solution for
busy moms and would increase women's sex lives while making them
look and feel great that it forgot to mention that the device is
recommended for women who have already had at least one child.
The company also declined to state that the Mirena IUD increases
the risk of ectopic pregnancies, which is when a fertilized egg
attaches to an area other than the uterus.
Lawsuit Claims Bayer Birth Control Device Linked to False Brain
ANA KASPARIAN: So the CEO was actually
speaking to Bloomberg Businessweek, and he is trying to appeal
the Indian court's decision to allow this patent for another
He said the following:
"We did not develop this
medicine for Indians. We developed it for Western patients who
can afford it."
CENK UYGUR: Uhhhh. Uhhhh. Look at that face.
That's the kind of face that would say a thing like that.
Doesn't he look so smiley?
"Oh, please. We didn't develop this
for Indians! We developed it for Westerners who are rich!"
'Our Cancer Drug Is For Rich
Westerners, Not Poor Indians'
MIKE PAPANTONIO: In the 1980s Bayer
Corporation produced a medicine that was supposed to improve the
lives of hemophiliacs.
Bayer didn't tell those hemophiliacs that
their product was
infected with HIV. Because of that, entire
families of hemophiliacs died with AIDS as the virus spread
When Bayer was ordered to stop selling their drug in America,
they dumped their AIDS-laden product in Asia and killed Asian
No one with Bayer management was arrested. No one who
made these psychopathic-quality decisions went to prison. They
claimed the protection of their status as a corporation.
corporate status gave management the ability to kill people for
profit and not go to prison.
Bayer Corporation Infected Hemophiliacs With HIV
Indeed, it is not difficult to see why these two companies
one a titan of its respective industry, each one guilty of the most
atrocious crimes against humanity and the destruction of the
environment - would feel an affinity for each other.
If the connection between these corporate behemoths seems
tenuous, then perhaps the key to understanding it is presented in
1995 quote from former Monsanto CEO
talking about three of the largest industries in the world:
...that now operate as separate
But there are a set of changes that will lead to their
Integration of agriculture, food and
"health" is the goal, and
once that goal is reached the entire life support system of the
human population, including all of our food and "medicine," will be
in the hands of a few mega-corporations.
Indeed, the history of the
production of food and pharmaceuticals has always followed the same
away from natural, abundant, locally-produced organic
materials and toward artificial, scarce, factory-produced synthetic
Control of the global food supply is, needless to say, along with
control of money and oil, one of the pillars upon which the
globalist oligarchs seek to construct their system of total control.
Although there is no proof whatsoever that he said it, the
dubious quote sometimes attributed to
Henry Kissinger is
nonetheless quite true:
"Who controls the food supply controls the
people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who
controls money can control the world."
The process of
consolidating these industries is of course nothing new. In fact, it
started long ago.
As I explained in "How
Big Oil Conquered the World," even the current agrichemical industry
has to be seen in its historical context as a fusion of the
petrochemical fertilizer giants,
and other businesses in the Standard Oil orbit
"ABCD" seed cartel of,
Archer Daniels Midland
These previously separate fields were gradually
consolidated under the flag of "agribusiness," itself
developed at Harvard Business School in the 1950s with the help
of research conducted by Wassily Leontief
for the Rockefeller Foundation.
And as I also
explained in "How
Big Oil Conquered the World," Big Pharma, too, was a creation of
the same drive toward consolidation, and spearheaded by the same
From the Carnegie and Rockefeller-funded
institutionalization of the medical profession to Standard Oil's
role in supplying the petrochemicals for the burgeoning
pharmaceutical industry to the role of Rockefeller Institute
researchers like Cornelius Rhoads, who developed chemotherapy from
the mustard gas pioneered by Bayer, the overlap of the oligarchical
interests in cementing global control has been abundantly clear.
Then, with the advancement
of GMO technology in the 1980s and
1990s (again, with considerable help from
the Rockefellers and other oiligarchical interests), new opportunities for consolidation
Seeds used to be sold by seed companies, and
fertilizers and herbicides used to be sold by chemical companies.
But then the GMO "revolution" came along and all of these companies
spun off "biotech" branches to genetically engineer seeds. That, in
turn, opened up opportunities to create GMO seed strains that are
tailored to work with patented herbicides and fertilizers.
combination of GMO seeds and specially tailored agrichemicals has
been especially lucrative for Monsanto, which was the first to
capitalize on those synergies when it won
regulatory approval for its first Roundup Ready soybeans in
Roundup, aka glyphosate, has gone on to become the
most-used agricultural chemical in the history of the world.
Monsanto and Bayer
- not to mention their cohorts in the
agrichemical, pharmaceutical, and euphemistically-named "life
sciences" industries - are ultimately seeking the same thing:
control over the population, from the genetic engineering of its
food supply to the control of its "medicines" and chemicals.
It is a
race toward complete centralization, and with this acquisition,
Bayer and Monsanto are getting a head start.
Particularly frightening, then (though hardly surprising), that
this latest round of consolidation is being spearheaded by two
corporations as thoroughly deplorable as Bayer and Monsanto.
One of the pieces of I.G. Farben's grim (and
Are you feeling safe, knowing that a quarter of the world's food
supply will soon be in their combined hands?
If not, then all of
the efforts that have been made in recent years to "March
Against Monsanto" must be translated into a "Boycott Against
Bayer" and all of their friends in the burgeoning biotech/big agra/seed
cartel GMO franken-industry.
It is only by increasing our support
for locally sourced, organic, heirloom seed-grown produce that we
can hope to supplant this new mega-giant and consign it to the
dustbin of history where it belongs.