US: Department of Justice Gives Go Ahead to Bayer/Monsanto Merger

The Department of Justice is giving the “go-ahead” to the Bayer Monsanto merger despite strong opposition from consumers as well as farmers.

The DOJ was provided with petitions that showed 9 out of 10 American consumers and 93% of farmers opposed the merger.

We all think of Bayer as the company that makes medicine like Aleve and aspirin, but they also manufacture chemicals and are one of the top producers of the insecticide called neonicotinoids which is one of the leading contributors of global bee decline.

This is why they want to get into the agriculture industry.

And Monsanto is the company who makes round-up weed killer which has been proven to cause non-Hodgkinson’s lymphoma and are facing 60 billion dollars of debt due to lawsuits.

So what will this merger mean for consumers and farmers?

That’s Pesticide and Pollinator Program Manager at Friends of the Earth, Tiffany Finck-Haynes who explains what their group is doing to combat this merger.

Finck-Hayne says to get involved you can call your congressman and urge him to support the Food and Agribusiness Merger Moratorium and Antitrust Review Act of 2018.

Emails and phone calls to Bayer, Monsanto as well as the Department of Justice were not returned.

 

About Amy Leonard

Amy Leonard grew up in Carver and always had a passion for radio. She studied radio production at New England Institute of Technology in Rhode Island, then moved to Martha's Vineyard where she worked as a DJ at WVVY producing the midday show called PB and Jams. She has since then camped across the country to California but has made her way back to the only home she knows, the South Shore.