On Saturday, May 20, 2017, the 3rd March Against Monsanto and Syngenta was held in Basel, Switzerland, which is where chemical giant Syngenta is based in.
The march had ended right at the Syngenta Headquarters and musicians, street artists, and children dressed as bees had tagged along too. Fern Rosenstiel, an environmental scientist from Kauai, Hawaii had talked about the usage of toxic pesticides (those that are banned in Switzerland) in Hawaii at the Syngenta test fields there.
“Syngenta must finally take responsibility for the health problems in Hawaii.”
This year’s protest largely focused on rising market power within the agrochemical industry. Along with the purchase of Syngenta by ChemChina and the merger of Dupont and Dow, Bayer is scheming to take over Monsanto. These three would have a 60% monopoly over the commercial pesticide and seed market.
Over 50 organizations from Germany and Switzerland had helped with sponsoring the event ,including the Green Party, Basel Unions, and agricultural, developmental, and environmental organizations like Uniterre, SWISSAID and Greenpeace.
From the event’s organizing committee, Zöe Roth said it well:
“The high turnout at the March against Monsanto and Syngenta in Basel confirms the desire for ecological farming.”
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