International Group to Put Pesticide Manufacturers on Trial
Wed, Nov 16, 2011
The Ecologist is reporting that the world’s six largest pesticide manufacturers will collectively be put on trial by a long-standing tribunal that will convene in India next month.
Though the group known as the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal, created in 1979, has no legal standing, its hope is to bring worldwide exposure to what it refers to as atrocities committed by Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, Syngenta, DuPont and BASF.
An estimated 355,000 people are believed to die each year from unintentional pesticide poisoning, according the World Health Organization. Nick Mole from the Pesticide Action Network UK said the trial would give a voice to the otherwise voiceless victims of pesticides.
“The pesticide industry is massive and incredibly powerful. It is difficult to prove corporate manslaughter even when these products are killing hundreds of people a year,” he told the Ecologist. “We’ve spoken to people who have been abused and we are allowing them to give voice to their individual stories. We will be presenting the outcome of the Tribunal to the corporations and will be inviting their response.”