- Published on Monday, 10 April 2017 12:15
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Newly unsealed documents prove that Monsanto covered up evidence that the main ingredient in Roundup was a carcinogen for nearly 20 years. Will you chip in to help stop the Monsanto-Bayer mega merger that would give them control over our food supply from seed to plate?Donate now
In March, a federal judge in the United States ordered Monsanto to release 250 pages of internal documents, and what they revealed is practically criminal: Monsanto has known for 17 years that glyphosate, the main ingredient in its pesticide Roundup, could cause cancer.
And they launched a massive coverup to make sure that we never found out.
The released documents -- dubbed by the press as the "Monsanto papers" -- show that the agricultural giant has been manipulating research, colluding with a senior official at the EPA, and providing bogus review articles to government agencies -- all to refute the fact that glyphosate is a carcinogen.
Monsanto has proven itself to be completely untrustworthy and an ongoing risk to public health. It should never be allowed to merge with Bayer, which would only make both companies more powerful and give them control over our food supply from seed to plate.
Here's what happened: In 1999, Monsanto commissioned a researcher to study glyphosate and prove that it does not cause cancer. However, the scientist found just the opposite -- that glyphosate had properties likely to be carcinogenic.
Rather than do the ethical thing and stop using glyphosate, Monsanto buried the study and began a massive campaign to "prove" that glyphosate did not cause cancer.
Internal corporate communications uncovered by the courts show that Monsanto conspired with an EPA deputy director to stop reviews of the effects of glyphosate by government agencies. The same EPA official also tipped off the company to a glyphosate report released by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, giving Monsanto the time it needed to build a public relations onslaught against the findings.
The agri-giant paid for their own studies defending glyphosate use, and then hired scientists to write articles for academic journals using the studies. These articles were then used by the EPA and the European Food Safety Authority to determine that Roundup was safe to use on food crops.
And we only know about the coverup because of a lawsuit by people who got cancer from using Roundup.
Now, even though the International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen, Monsanto is still denying that Roundup is harmful.
Monsanto needs to be held accountable for the damage it's done to the environment and to the people who use its products.
SumOfUs is continuing our fight to stop Monsanto and Bayer from merging into the largest agribusiness in the world -- with bee-killing, cancer-causing pesticides as its core practice.
We're continuing to pressure antitrust regulators in Europe and the U.S., using some of the best legal minds to prove that the merger is a violation of monopoly laws. We're campaigning along with farmers and consumers to show the public how harmful a Monsanto-Bayer partnership is, and we're reaching out to Bayer shareholders to let them know how much they'll lose in this merger.
We can stop Monsanto and Bayer's megamerger. Will you chip in to help keep up the fight?
Thanks for all that you do,
Kat and the team at SumOfUs
Documents Prove Monsanto Has Known Roundup Was Dangerous For Years, Konbini, March 21, 2017
Monsanto Weed Killer Roundup Faces New Doubts on Safety in Unsealed Documents, The New York Times, March 14, 2017
Monsanto Accused of Ghostwriting Papers on Roundup Cancer Risk, Yahoo, March 14, 2017
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