Low-income tobacco farmers face skyrocketing cancer rates with more devastating repercussions affecting their children: severe physical deformities and mental disabilities. Choosing between poverty or poison, Latin American growers have no choice but to use harmful chemicals such as the herbicide glyphosate (aka Monsanto’s Roundup) and Bayer’s insecticide Confidor if they want to certify and sell their crops to Big Tobacco. As patent and regulatory laws continue to favor the profits of Monsanto and chemical companies, the tobacco makes its way into the hands and mouths of consumers worldwide in Philip Morris products, while the poisons used to harvest the crops contaminate the farmers’ blood and are modifying the human genome, creating genetically modified children.
Bayer purchased glyphosate, the most hated corporation on earth. Now it says the safety test report summaries on glyphosate will be made public, 45 years after its use was started across the planet. What gives? I suspect they bought Monsanto in order to kill the highly unpopular glyphosate, in order to clear the field for their own brand of toxin – glufosinate, which is in many ways similar in its destructive power. So – is it “exit glyphosate and enter glufosinate”?