Mississippians who feel they have a right to know what they eat need to keep an eye on the pending merger between two colossal corporations, Monsanto Co. and Bayer AG.
If Bayer, a German corporation, is permitted to merge with Monsanto, a U.S. seed giant, Mississippians could lose security over farming, agricultural and processed food products and its distribution worldwide.
The $66 billion dollar merger would, in effect, allow Bayer to control the development of seed and pesticides necessary to fuel the planet's food supply.
Monsanto went to court in 2013 to deny Mississippi planters from saving seeds from one harvest and planting them the following season because it violated Monsanto's patented use of the company's seeds. With that in mind, people may wonder what recourse planters would have with a foreign corporation in control of Monsanto's assets.
There are hundreds of pending federal lawsuits against Monsanto that allege the main ingredient in the popular weed killer "Roundup" may cause cancer, including non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, in people who frequently used the weed killer. The first trial is scheduled for June 1 in the U.S. District Court of Northern California. Reportedly, there are even more additional cases against Monsanto pending in state courts.