Government relying on Monsanto’s word that Roundup herbicide is safe?
We’ve been following a lawsuit filed by a group of citizens against Monsanto claiming that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the Roundup herbicide, causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
That ongoing case took an interesting turn when recently revealed court documents show the plaintiffs are alleging that Monsanto ghostwrote the scientific reports relied upon by the EPA to determine glyphosate does not cause cancer. Monsanto denies the claim.
The plaintiffs cited an email from Monsanto executive William Heydens proposing to ghostwrite parts of one report, saying, “we would be keeping the cost down by us doing the writing” while researchers “would just edit & sign their names so to speak.” In the emails, Heydens wrote that this is how Monsanto had “handled” an earlier paper on glyphosate’s safety.
According to the plaintiffs, Monsanto also hired internet trolls to post positive comments and to defend the bio-tech giant and glyphosate online and in social media forums.
This latest information shows just how far Monsanto is willing to go. Remember that there is also evidence that Monsanto worked closely with a now-retired EPA official, Jess Rowland, who promised Monsanto he would quash an effort by the Department of Health and Human Services Department (HHS) to conduct its own review of glyphosate. He was apparently successful—the HHS review never happened.
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