A Deadly Union: Monsanto and Bayer’s Lethal Legacy
Leave it to Monsanto to be acquired by a corporation more vile than itself. In case you missed it, Bayer has shelled out $66 billion dollars to purchase Monsanto, as well as the wrath of the world. The deal, which works out to $128/share, is expected to go through by the end of 2017. (Read more about that here.) Monsanto and Bayer have a lot in common– from war crimes to attacks on women’s fertility. Monsanto’s crimes against humanity are well-documented…DDT, PCBs, Saccharin, Agent Orange, GMOs and glyphosate, but Bayer’s are lesser known. Given the news of the toxic merger, let’s review a brief summary of Bayer’s dark history.
German-based Bayer is one of the top pharmaceutical/chemical companies in the world. Founded in Barmen, Germany in 1863 by Friedrich Bayer and Johann Friedrich Weskcott, today Bayer is most popular for its aspirin, but also manufactures diabetes medications, various birth control products, pet products like Advantix and other consumer goods.
In 1925, Bayer merged with BASF and Hoechst to become the massive German entity known as Interessengemeinschaft Farben (IG Farben, for short).
BAYER’S ROLE IN THE HOLOCAUST
The Holocaust and death camps like Auschwitz are synonymous with World War II. Numerous crimes against humanity took place during this dark time in history, specifically the mass executions against the Jewish population. It has been estimated that up to six thousand Jewish men, women and children were gassed daily in Nazi death camps.
As reported by GMwatch.org, IG Farben manufactured and supplied the poisonous cyanide-based pesticide (Zyklon B) that was used to annihilate more than a million people at German extermination camps. The form of Zyklon B that was used in the gas chambers was intentionally made odorless. IG Farben also supplied the Methanol that was used to burn the bodies.
During his address to The Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal in 1946, Chief Prosecutor Telford Taylor declared that “These companies, not the lunatic Nazi fanatics, are the main war criminals. If the guilt of these criminals is not brought to daylight and if they are not punished, they will pose a much greater threat to the future peace of the world than Hitler if he were still alive.”
Despite the gravity of the crimes and helping Hitler to gain power (IG Farben was the biggest contributor to Hitler’s election campaign), a number of those convicted of slavery and mass murder were given back positions of power at Bayer, Hoechst and BASF.
BAYER’S DANGEROUS CONTRACEPTIVES
Approved by the FDA in 2006, Yaz birth control uses a synthetic hormone called drospirenone, or DSP. Hundreds of women have died from complications from the contraceptive, which has proven to be unreasonably dangerous. Phillipp Mimkes, a Board Member of CBG wants the drug pulled from the market, “The Coalition Against BAYER Dangers, which has been pointing out the dangers of Yaz for years, demands a ban on all contraceptive pills with a profile of increased side effects.”
Numerous side effects have been reported as a result of Yaz including:
-blood clots and deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
-breast, cervical or uterine cancer
-liver disease or failure
2. Mirena IUD
The convenience of opting out of a daily birth control pill comes at a high price. Women who have the Mirena implant have reported dangerous side effects including: birth complications, ectopic pregnancy, perforation of the uterus and chronic infections. Thousands of complaints were filed with the FDA regarding the dangerous device, prompting the agency to release a statement in May of 2008 demanding Bayer clearly highlight the dire risks of the Mirena IUD. The FDA also made Bayer label their products honestly, warning women “who choose Mirena about the risks of ectopic pregnancy, including the loss of fertility.”
1 out of every 1,000 women who receive the Mirena IUD will experience an ectopic pregnancy, a potentially life-threatening complication for the mother. (Source)
Essure is a permanent surgical sterilization procedure developed by Conceptus Inc., a subsidiary of Bayer AG. The Essure is a metal coil device which blocks the fallopian tubes, preventing fertilization.
Erin Brockovich has extensively documented the horrific complications associated with Essure. Reports of debilitating headaches, nausea, allergic response to the nickel the device is made of, hysterectomies, colon perforation due to the device moving are just some of the troubling problems resulting from the procedure. To learn more or to share your Essure story, please visit here.
More than 10,000 lawsuits are pending against Bayer and its Essure device.
PRODUCTS AND AFFILIATES OF BAYER
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11. Alka Seltzer
14. Baycox Iron
15. Bayer Advanced/Bayer Garden
25. Coppertone Sunscreen
30. Diane 35
31. Dr. Scholl’s
36. FiberMax Cotton
39. Fox Fungicides
40. Gadovist 1.0
45. Interface Fungicides
46. Invigor (Canola seeds)
52. Luna Fungicides
54. MaxForce Insecticides
55. Medrad Advanta
56. Medrad Certo
57. Medrad eCoil
58. Medrad Intego
59. Medrad Mark 7 Arterion
60. Medrad MRXperion
61. Medrad Spectris Solaris EP
62. Medrad Stellant
63. Medrad XDS
71. One-A-Day Vitamins
72. Pistol Herbicides
76. Profender Spot-On
77. Prosaro Fungicides
80. Serenade Fungicides
82. Signature Fungicides
83. Sivanto Insecticides
87. Stratego Fungicides
93. Xpro Fungicides