Environmentalists Outraged Over Bayer Seed Factory Expansion in Chile

Bayer’s subsidiary Monsanto is expanding production of genetically modified seeds in Chile, prompting an outcry from environmental groups. The Latin American country is a leading exporter of seeds worldwide.

Sophia Boddenberg | Deutsche Welle | May 30, 2019

“Fuera Bayer-Monsanto de Chile” (Bayer-Monsanto out of Chile) is written on the colorfully painted posters held by protesters on the streets of Chile’s capital.

Santiago is one of 30 cities worldwide where thousands of demonstrators took to the streets on May 19 in an international “March Against Monsanto,” demanding an end to the use of toxic pesticides and genetically modified seeds in agriculture.

Only a few days earlier, a US court had ordered the pharmaceutical giant Bayer to pay more than $2 billion (€1.79 billion) to an American couple who claimed glyphosate-based Roundup weed killer caused their cancer. Chile is an important industrial location for Bayer, but even here critical voices are getting ever louder.

NOTE: Environmentalists oppose GMO’s because it improves the food supply to keep humans alive and enhances their life span. By opposing GMO’s, they really want fewer humans and the ones alive now would die of starvation if they had their way.