Next year, the European Union (EU) will enact laws that will enable more transparency in lobbying. The reason for the increased transparency is due to Monsanto cooking their books in Europe.
The European Union is one of the few governments that actually monitor how much money a corporation spends in lobbying the EU. This action allows for the EU to not be biased towards any of the countries that are in the group. However, Monsanto is attempting to lobby countries to ensure that RoundUp can still be sold in Europe.
The problem is that after all of the cancer lawsuits began to mount against the agricultural giant in the USA, countries in Europe began to ban glyphosate, the active ingredient in the weedkiller that is a carcinogen.
Here is a quick list of European countries that have already banned glyphosate: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France (end of 2020), Germany (end of 2023), Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland (end of 2022), Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Monsanto does not want to be fully closed off from selling RoundUp in the entire continent of Europe, so they lobby the EU to keep RoundUp on shelves where it has not been banned as of yet. Monsanto claimed to have spent 1.4 million euros to keep RoundUp on store shelves, but the actual number was 14.5 million euros. It looks like Monsanto put the decimal point in the wrong spot.
The new measures that will start next year will allow for environmental activists counteract the effect of Monsanto’s lobbying by raising money and matching Monsanto’s influence within the EU so that less people in Europe will be exposed to glyphosate.