Mosanto hit by $289 Million Verdict in First Roundup Trial

(August 10, 2018)  Monsanto was hit by a $289 million verdict in the first Roundup trial yesterday.  A jury deliberated for nearly three days before awarding a former California groundskeeper the decision in the landmark trial.

Plaintiff Dewayne Johnson sued Monsanto in 2016.  He claimed Monsanto knew of health risks linked with Roundup and its even stronger Ranger Pro products since the 1990s.  That’s when studies began showing a correlation between Monsanto’s flagship product and lymphoma. Monsanto, however, downplayed the risks,  the lawsuit petition charges.  Monsanto also failed to put a warning label on its cancer-causing products.  Monsanto failed to warn Mr. Johnson, ruled the jury.  He thought it safe to use Roundup and Ranger Pro while he worked as a groundskeeper for a San Francisco Bay Area school district.

Mr. Johnson took the stand toward the end of the month-long trial.  He recalled being told during an optional pesticide training program that Ranger Pro was “safe enough to drink.”  Shortly afterwards, he said that a spray machine malfunction drenched him in the poison, despite his taking extra safety precautions in wearing a Tyvek bodysuit over his uniform.

After he was drenched, he noticed a nodule on the back of his leg, behind his knee. Other nodules quickly spread to his arms, legs, chest, face, hands.  Mr. Johnson was eventually diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.  But he continued spraying Monsanto’s poisons anyway.  He didn’t know if the Ranger Pro had caused his cancer, and he didn’t want to lose his job.  An additional accident covered his back in the poison.

Mosanto hit by $289 Million Verdict in First Roundup Trial

Three different plaintiff’s experts testified earlier that Monsanto’s Roundup causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, or that Monsanto misrepresented the safety of the products used by Mr. Johnson.

Toxicologist Dr. William Sawyer testified to the 16-member jury that 10 percent of Roundup’s only named active ingredient – glyphosate — can be absorbed through human skin, more than 10 times the amount Monsanto claims can be absorbed when one is using Roundup or Ranger Pro.  Monsanto claims users absorb less than 1 percent.

Another plaintiff’s expert, Dr. Chadi Nabhan — an oncologist and former medical director of the University of Chicago’s cancer center — testified that Monsanto’s products caused Mr. Johnson’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Dr. Chadi Nabhan told the jury that he had reviewed epidemiological studies and found that glyphosate can cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  After reading thousands of pages of Mr. Johnson’s medical records and examining him, Dr. Nabhan said glyphosate was likely to blame for his cancer.  Dr.Nabhan discussed risk factors associated with cancer, including age, race, the patient’s immune system, viruses, and work history. He said the only risk factors that raised a red flag were Mr. Johnson’s race — because his subtype of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, mycosis fungoides, is more prevalent in black patients  — and his glyphosate exposure on the job.

“There was exposure to an agent that has been determined [to be] a human carcinogen,” Dr. Nabhan testified.  “So nobody could logically exclude this as a substantial factor.”

Experts for Monsanto testified that hundreds of studies showed glyphosate was safe.  Plaintiffs countered that all of those studies were done by Monsanto employees, or else they were paid for by Monsanto, or they were studies that were of too short a duration to be definitive, or else their sample sizes were too small.

Monsanto experts also attacked the WHO, as Monsanto secretly did in the press and blogosphere across the world, for pronouncing glyphosate a probable carcinogen.  Monsanto’s lawyers and experts pointed out that the EPA and the European equivalent of the U.S. EPA had found glyphosate safe.

But in a glimpse behind the regulatory curtain, the jury also heard testimony concerning how a former EPA official, Jess Rowland, worked secretly at the behest of Monsanto to help kill a study over the safety of glyphosate.  Mr. Johnson’s lawyers also pointed out that the WHO looked only at independent studies not paid for by Monsanto in arriving at their conclusion that glyphosate was a probable carcinogen.

Monsanto vowed to appeal the verdict.

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Experts can share Roundup Cancer Link

A California judge has ruled a plaintiff’s experts can share a Roundup cancer link with a jury in the first trial against Monsanto over its most popular poison Roundup.  A Monsanto lawsuit will consequently go forward.

Monsanto attorneys had attempted through numerous Daubert challenges to have the judge remove all of the plaintiff’s expert witnesses from the trial.  The judge’s decision to allow the testimony of three plaintiff’s experts could have far-reaching consequences.   Any testimony which links Roundup to cancer – more specifically non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – may threaten Monsanto’s majority market share of the chemical farming poison industry.

Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco said evidence that Roundup causes cancer seems “weak,” but the judge allowed that there was enough of it to let a jury hear the plaintiff’s experts’ opinions of that evidence.  That decision means hundreds of lawsuits against Monsanto over its Roundup poison may move forward.

The lawsuits filed by cancer victims and their families say Monsanto knew for decades about Roundup’s cancer risk, yet failed to warn people of the dangers.

WHO Declares Glyphosate a Probable Carcinogen

Roundup lawsuits against Monsanto gathered steam in 2015 when the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) declared glyphosate — the listed active ingredient in Roundup — a “probable human carcinogen.”  That finding unleashed a firestorm of protest from the chemical giant and its industry partners, and a flood of friendly press stories defending Monsanto and Roundup.

Monsanto EPA Collusion

Fallout from criticism of the WHO’s Roundup cancer declaration also revealed collusion, or at the very least, the rank appearance of collusion, between the EPA and Monsanto.  An EPA scientist was shown in emails to have worked behind the scenes to help the chemical giant discredit any cancer link between Roundup and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. That EPA scientist (Jess Rowland) was shown in emails to have communicated with Monsanto to help the company thwart further study into the link between Roundup and cancer.  Another EPA scientist, dying of lymphoma herself, pleaded in an email with her Monsanto-linked colleague to tell the truth of Roundup’s link to cancer.

The EPA scientist working secretly to help Monsanto stuck by his guns in defending the company, but his dying colleague’s last efforts were not in vain.  Her telling email became public knowledge following lawsuit discovery which came to light when plaintiffs’ attorneys filed cases against Monsanto over Roundup.

Related:  Glyphosate poisons Cereal

Monsanto’s well-coordinated attacks against the WHO continue today, as press services across the country  — such as Reuter’s, Fortune magazine, and several others – continue a propaganda campaign to dismiss any Roundup cancer link.

Who’s using Junk Science?

In trying to have all of the plaintiff’s experts dismissed, Monsanto defense lawyers had tried to call all of the studies which found a Roundup cancer link “junk science.”  The hubris and hypocrisy of that Monsanto attack is astonishing.

In finding glyphosate a probable carcinogen, the WHO looked only at studies which were NOT sponsored, paid for, or otherwise connected with Monsanto.  WHO looked only at INDEPENDENT studies, those which were independent of Monsanto.  When the chemical giant’s defenders — like Reuter’s, Fortune, Snopes, and other fake news outlets — claim that hundreds of studies prove glyphosate is safe, they are looking only at studies paid for by Monsanto or sponsored by the company with a vested interest in the outcomes of those studies. Such studies which allow for no third-party (a disinterested third party) verification are the very definition of “junk science.”  Virtually all of the studies not paid for by Monsanto find some link between Roundup exposure and cancer.  Or else those studies which found no link between Roundup and cancer had major flaws.

Related:  Monsanto sued for False Advertising

Judge Chhabria spent a week in a March 2018 listening to testimony from epidemiologists on both sides of the argument. The judge asked both sides questions about the potential strengths and weaknesses of research on the cancer risk of glyphosate.

Testimony of UCLA Epidemiologist

A UCLA epidemiologist, Beate Ritz, testified that her review of scientific literature led to her conclusion that glyphosate and glyphosate-based compounds like Roundup can cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  Ms. Ritz said that a 2017 National Institute of Health study which found no association between glyphosate and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma had major flaws.

Monsanto Expert Testimony

Monsanto trotted out its own expert for the judge, a cancer epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  Lorelei Mucci lauded the 2017 NIH study and reached the opposite conclusion which Ms. Ritz had.  Ms. Mucci told the judge:  “When you look at the body of epidemiological literature on this topic, there’s no evidence of a positive association between glyphosate and NHL risk.”

Judge:  “We don’t yet know”

Judge Chhabria concluded that there was “at least a strong argument that the only reasonable conclusion one could draw right now is that we don’t yet know” whether the herbicide is causing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Monsanto developed glyphosate in the 1970s.  It classified the poison as an antibiotic, and among its many dangerous properties, it also contributes to the growing worldwide problem of antibiotic resistance.

Besides its link with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, glyphosate has also been linked to kidney disease, liver damage, birth defects, Parkinson’s disease and more. The poison is sold today in more than 160 countries. Farmers in California, the most agriculturally productive state in the U.S., use it on more than 200 types of crops.  Unwitting homeowners continue to use it on their lawns and gardens.

Monsanto also sells “terminator seeds” that can withstand the glyphosate as it kills the surrounding weeds and spawns superweeds which have evolved to withstand glyphosate’s toxic assault.  Glyphosate also kills the surrounding friendly flora and fauna in the environment as well as the friendly flora and fauna in the human gut.

The state of California added glyphosate to its list of chemicals known to cause cancer following the IARC pronouncement that glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen. Monsanto continues to attack the IARC, and it has sued the state of California to de-list glyphosate.

The U.S. EPA, which has been shown to be industry-compromised by its own internal emails with Monsanto, claims glyphosate is safe for people when used in accordance with label directions.  A draft report by EPA in 2017 claimed glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to people. The EPA report noted that science reviews by some other countries had reached the same conclusion, though Monsanto’s political and financial ties to those organizations make any such declarations questionable. Several countries, including France and Sweden, have banned glyphosate and Monsanto and other chemical company’s GMO’s.

Monsanto’s well-funded propaganda has paid off for the company in some respects, as a federal judge in Sacramento in February 2018 blocked California from requiring Roundup to carry a label stating that it is known to cause cancer.  The judge said the warning would be misleading because almost all regulators have concluded that there is no evidence glyphosate is carcinogenic.

Experts can share Roundup Cancer Link

The problem with any such decision is that Roundup has been shown to be many times more toxic than glyphosate alone. An industry-controlled glitch in the country’s chemical regulatory system allows chemicals like glyphosate to be tested alone, which is preposterous.  Glyphosate is only one active ingredient listed in Roundup, and nobody applies glyphosate alone, without all of its ostensibly inactive additives.  Many of the so-called “inert” ingredients in Roundup have recently been shown to not be inert at all.  The gatekeepers cannot be allowed to play that duplicitous little game any longer.  Too much is at stake. Our lives depend on getting the real science of Roundup poison out to the public at large, so that all the people can see what kind of chemical monsters are poisoning our food and our lives.

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EPA helps Monsanto hide non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Link

(July 5, 2018)  The EPA helps Monsanto hide a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma link with the only active ingredient listed in the chemical giant’s Roundup. That’s the story that emerged when we pull back the curtain and expose the EPA for what it is.  As with many governmental regulators (like the CDC with its giant conflict of interest in vaccination), EPA works ostensibly as a government watchdog to protect people from profit-driven corporations.  In reality, as this latest evidence shows, the EPA works first for corporations and secondarily (if at all) for U.S. citizens.

Related:  Monsanto EPA Ties Cancerous

A new report proves the EPA purposely ignored evidence showing a clear link between glyphosate (in Monsanto’s Roundup and other pesticide poisons) and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The report shows the EPA obscured, cherry-picked, and/or simply ignored data presented by a Scientific Advisory Panel charged with reviewing the EPA’s glyphosate evaluation. The evidence shows the EPA deliberately misrepresented the opinions of the scientific panel.

Roundup Lawsuits
The EPA’s covering for Monsanto comes doubly into play, as many farmers, landscapers, agricultural workers, and homeowners have taken Monsanto to court over Roundup links to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The plaintiffs accuse the chemical giant of lying about glyphosate’s safety profile.  Monsanto continues to claim that Roundup is “half as toxic as table salt.”  Hundreds of farmers and homeowners who have suffered with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using Roundup disagree.  Many have filed Roundup lawsuits that accuse Monsanto of hiding Roundup’s cancer-causing effects.  The research obscured and/or ignored by the EPA shows the link between Roundup and cancer is real.

EPA ignored glyphosate cancer link – 2017
Bloomberg reported that a panel of scientists not connected with Monsanto assembled in 2017 to review the EPA’s glyphosate evaluation. Fifteen experts comprised the Scientific Advisory Panel. Nearly all of them took issue with the EPA’s conclusion on glyphosate.  Eleven of the 15 disagreed with the EPA’s hasty decision to give glyphosate and Monsanto a free pass over Roundup and glyphosate’s links with cancer.

Four of the six reviewers assigned to evaluate epidemiological data criticized the EPA for disregarding pertinent data regarding glyphosate’s potential link with cancer.  All four of the “dissenters” are biomedical researchers at leading research universities. The two who approved of EPA’s glyphosate evaluation are private consultants, which means they work almost exclusively for industry interests.

EPA officials inexplicably tossed out all but one meta-analysis of epidemiological data. They claimed the rest of the results were “statistically invalid.” But the panelists discovered that this specious claim simply was not true. They found the data was valid.

EPA Monsanto Collusion Unveiled
After taking a second look at the data, the panelists found the discarded meta-analyses were statistically significant. That data showed that farmers exposed to glyphosate had an increased risk ratio for non-Hodgkin lymphoma of 1.27 to 1.5. Those figures mean those farmers experienced a 27- to 50-percent higher risk of cancer than control groups.

One of the researchers pointed out that women in America stopped taking post-menopause estrogen because of a 22-percent increased risk in breast cancer. The risk association of glyphosate nearly doubles that risk.

EPA Assessment “Highly Imbalanced (and) “Seriously Flawed”
A University of Washington at Seattle biostatistician, Lianne Sheppard, said the EPA’s assessment on glyphosate was “highly imbalanced. She said the EPA clearly downplayed relevant findings.

“The agency’s conclusion is seriously flawed and needs to be strongly revised,” said Ms. Sheppard.

EPA obscured criticisms of Itself
Besides willfully disregarding statistically significant information regarding glyphosate’s potential to cause cancer and promote tumor growth, the EPA has also taken steps to downplay the Panel’s criticisms of the EPA itself.

The EPA’s report on the Scientific Advisory Panel’s peer review does everything possible to hide the fact that most of the panelists criticized the EPA and its handling of the glyphosate analysis.

The EPA not only failed to disclose the number of scientists who launched criticisms at the EPA, it repeatedly used a lying euphemism in an attempt to cover up its fraudulent work. The EPA’s’s report used the lie of a phrase “some panel members” an astounding 76 times. Any 12-year-old child can see that substituting the word “some” for “a majority” or even “most” is simply a disingenuous way to lie and mislead.

That majority of panelists who criticized the EPA’s pseudo science could also criticize its pseudo independence, the EPA glaring conflict of interest with the pesticide industry. The EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs received nearly 30 percent of its funding from the pesticide industry last year. So who is this agency working for – the pesticide industry or the people targeted by the industry to buy pesticides?

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Monsanto hid Roundup Cancer Link, says dying Plaintiff

(May 23, 2018)  Monsanto hid a Roundup cancer link, says dying plaintiff DeWayne Johnson, 46. Mr. Johnson has terminal cancer which he says was caused by Monsanto’s Roundup. A former groundskeeper, Mr. Johnson will become the first person to face the chemical giant in a U.S. court over an alleged Roundup-cancer link. Mr. Johnson’s case against Monsanto will open in San Francisco County Superior Court beginning June 18, 2018.

Groundskeeper used Roundup for years
A father of three, Mr. Johnson was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma at the age of 42. His lawsuit states that he had worked for a California school district, “where his responsibilities included direct application of Roundup and RangerPro, another Monsanto glyphosate product, to school properties.”

Monsanto hid risks, polluted science – attorney
Mr. Johnson’s s attorney told The Guardian: “Monsanto does not want the truth about Roundup and cancer to become public. (We) look forward to exposing how Monsanto hid the risk of cancer and polluted the science.”

Related:  Roundup non-Hodgkin’s Lyphoma Lawsuit

Monsanto hid Roundup Cancer Link, says dying Plaintiff

Monsanto tried to keep experts hired by Mr. Johnson from testifying. Monsanto also tried to keep his legal team from using certain research. Some of Monsanto’s efforts to quash evidence were granted, according to the order signed by San Francisco Superior Court judge Curtin Karnow last week. The judge did, however, rule that Mr. Johnson’s lawyers could use various peer-reviewed studies and some expert evidence for the trial.

Some of the judge’s judgments may have been influenced by a California appeals court which last week turned back a Monsanto challenge to keep the state of California from including glyphosate – the main active ingredient Monsanto declares in Roundup – on its list of probable carcinogens. Following the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) designation of glyphosate as a probable carcinogen, the state followed its legal mandate and added glyphosate to its own list of probable carcinogens. Monsanto attempted to have the state stopped from listing glyphosate as a carcinogen, but failed in the California courts.

Thus far, however, US and EU watchdogs have not banned glyphosate and Roundup from widespread agricultural use.  Glyphosate use has, however, been banned or restricted in large parts of Europe because of its alleged links to many health problems, ranging from birth defects and kidney failure to coeliac disease, colitis and autism.

France, the Netherlands and Sweden have all said they would not support an assessment by the European food safety authority (Efsa) that glyphosate is harmless.

Monsanto denies all
Monsanto says Mr. Johnson’s cancer was not caused by exposure to Monsanto products. Monsanto has rejected all allegations and scientific findings regarding the carcinogenicity of glyphosate.  Monsanto has effectively kept government regulators looking at glyphosate when it is never used alone, and Roundup has been shown to be many times more toxic than glypohoste alone.

Roundup Lawsuits
Approximately 4,000 plaintiffs have filed Roundup lawsuits similar to Mr. Johnson’s, claiming that they or their relatives were given cancer – usually non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – from exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup.

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Court rejects Monsanto Challenge to Cancer Warning

(May 18, 2018) Unless you’ve been living in a cave for three years, you already know Monsanto’s glyphosate was declared a probable carcinogen (in March 2015) by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).  That declaration threatened – and threatens – billions of dollars in Monsanto profits. Glyphosate is the main active ingredient listed in Roundup, Monsanto’s best-selling poison. Roundup is the cornerstone of Monsanto’s worldwide efforts to control agriculture.  All agriculture.  It’s a high-stakes game.  If farmers and homeowners were to learn that Roundup can kill them just as it kills weeds and pollinator bees, they might stop using it altogether.  Many more people might learn about Monsanto’s links to cancer now.  A court just rejected Monsanto’s challenge to a cancer warning over glyphosate.

Related:  Snopes Lies for Monsanto

After the 2015 IARC cancer ruling on glyphosate, the state of California followed its own laws and listed glyphosate on its list of chemicals known to cause cancer. Monsanto promptly sued the state to de-list glyphosate. California countersued for the right to enforce its own laws.  A California district judge heard both sides’ arguments, then ruled yesterday.  It was an important victory for citizen’s rights in the face of millions in corporate dollars and an army of Monsanto attorneys who tried to exonerate the poison king from Missouri.

Court rejects Monsanto Challenge to Cancer Warning
Fortunately, California’s Fifth District Court of Appeals in Fresno rejected Monsanto’s argument that glyphosate is not carcinogenic.  That meant California can exercise its right to list glyphosate as a carcinogen and prevent it from being discharged into public waterways.

Roundup Kills

Roundup kills; that’s what it does.  It kills things.  It kills people, too.  It kills them with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other types of leukemia.  Many, many people have been hoodwinked for a long, long time over Roundup, for more than 20 years. Millions of gallons of Roundup poison have now been dumped on farmland all over the world. Millions of gallons of Roundup have run into the world’s waterways. So much Roundup has polluted the world that glyphosate is now found in most rainwater, as well as in most human beings and in most food tested. It has even been found in organic foods, in organic wine, though thankfully not in as great a volume as in GMO foods like corn and soy which are sprayed directly with the poison.

Thanks to Monsanto, the U.S. Congress, the EPA, and the US FDA, Roundup is now nearly as ubiquitous as oxygen. But that doesn’t mean we all have to continue to put up with it, or to  acquiesce in our own slow poisoning. (Called “softkill” in military parlance.) We don’t need to acquiesce to the destruction of mother earth and all of its gifts: pollinator bees, birds, plants, people.

Mainstream Media and Monsanto Advertising

A google search of “Monsanto Roundup cancer” will first turn up a litany of screeds aimed at attacking and discrediting the IARC. Corpocracy-addled publications like Reuters and Forbes, and several of Monsanto’s own responses are the first thing you will find.  On the web, newsfakers like Snopes.com blatantly lie for Monsanto.  They all claim the IARC “edited out” evidence showing glyphosate was safe.  What IARC did was not edit out; it chose not to include those studies presented by Monsanto or its research minions, who all found that glyphosate was safe (of course).   Most searches of “Roundup cancer” will be dominated on page one by screeds meant to discredit the IARC, and all of them mis-state, as does Monsanto, the agency’s methods for determining that glyphosate is a probable carcinogen.

Why is the mainstream media so solidly behind Monsanto, providing a unified front?  The answer is too easy.  Monsanto spends millions of dollars advertising Roundup, and it gets what it pays for.  Monsanto gets favorable coverage, as MSM falls into lockstep with Monsanto’s own messaging. Nearly every mainstream outlet mirrors Monsanto’s own mean-spirited, fact-challenged rebuttals to the IARC’s declaration that glyphosate is a probable carcinogen.

The attacks on IARC all say the same thing, that the agency ignored evidence which exonerated glyphosate and Monsanto. What all those IARC attack pieces fail to say is that the IARC looked only at INDEPENDENT research evidence of gyphosate’s carcinogenicity. It did not include research paid for by Monsanto or performed by Monsanto employees or the company’s “scientific” minions. Virtually all of the attack pieces – and they dominate every ‘Roundup cancer’ or ‘Monsanto Roundup cancer’ search page – fail to mention that Monsanto’s own research with obviously vested interest was not included. The evidence IARC “overlooked” was not overlooked. It was rejected by the agency as not credible, given its sources and obvious conflict of interest.

California Contradictions
California is a state full of contradictions. In a Draconian horror show three years ago, the state killed informed consent for vaccinations, for all intents forcing vaccinations on kids if they wanted to attend California public schools. That meant, and means, that state officials can inject California schoolchildren with virtually any vaccinations the state, and money-toting lobbyists from Merck Pharmaceuticals and other multi-national drug companies, think the students “need,” regardless of their wishes or the wishes of their parents. That is an awful slippery slope, when the state removes parental rights. Forcing vaccinations and removing informed consent is nothing less than communistic. Removing informed consent is what they do in China, not in America.

But at least in these dark days where corporations are spending more and more money – ala Citizens United and other government-sanctioned takeovers – to take away more and more of our individual rights, it is nice to see that sometimes a judge stands up for the rights of the individual not to be poisoned by corporate chemicals and the endless corporate lust for unfettered profits.

Of course this fight is far from over, though environmental activists have been quick to applaud the Fresno ruling.  A lawyer for the Natural Resources Defense Council in San Francisco, Rebecca Riley, called it “a win for science and democracy.”

Ms. Riley added, “The ruling clearly backs the voters’ choice to rely on expert scientific bodies to add dangerous chemicals to its list.”

Monsanto Appeal Likely, of course
Upholding states’ rights is always a cause for celebration in these dark days of complete corporate takeover of the commons and our politicians, but Monsanto will likely take this case to the next level. It will probably ask the Supreme Court for another review. Monsanto at this juncture has little choice but to continue the big lie that Roundup is safe. It has too much invested not too, and too much liability if the world is allowed to discover the truth.

One can only fully expect Monsanto to continue to manipulate glyphosate “science” with its well-funded “scientists.” All of them help keep regulators like the Monsanto-compromised EPA and FDA focused on glyphosate alone. This ongoing subterfuge is an unfolding tragedy for the world, because Roundup has been found to be 125x more toxic than glyphosate alone, 125x more toxic than regulators claim.

For all this talk about glyphosate, it is Roundup at which EPA and other regulators need to be looking, not the red herring of glyphosate.

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India Fights Monsanto Patent Scam

(May 14, 2018)  India is fighting a Monsanto patent scam that gave Monsanto a near monopoly on India’s cotton industry.  India has finally taken a stand to deny seed patents that India now says Monsanto never had a right to own in the first place.  Last month, India rejected patents for Monsanto’s genetically modified cotton seeds Bollgard and Bollgard II.

Monsanto uses its patents in India, the US, and other countries to dictate what seed distributors can sell.  Monsanto controls agriculture by designating which genetically modified seeds farmers can use.

Related:  Monsanto Lawsuit

India’s Delhi High Court ruled last month that Monsanto’s Indian licensee, Nuziveedu Seeds, will no longer be bound by Monsanto’s patents.  The ruling means Nuziveedu Seeds can now sell seeds freely to farmers without being forced to distribute what Monsanto’s army of lawyers say they can sell.

Monsanto’s steady takeover of India’s cotton industry had made things increasingly difficult for Indian farmers.  Like any agriculture monopoly anywhere, Monsanto’s near monopoly of the country’s cotton industry has driven prices sky high and made farmers’ lives miserable. Thousands have committed suicide.

From Monsanto Suicide seeds:  “The region in India with the highest level of farmers suicides is the Vidharbha region in Maharashtra — 4000 suicides per year, 10 per day. This is also the region with the highest acreage of Monsanto’s GMO Bt cotton. Monsanto’s GM seeds create a suicide economy by transforming seed from a renewable resource to a non-renewable input which must be bought every year at high prices.”

Monsanto loses Patent it never had
A Nuziveedu Seeds lawyer – Diva Kapur – said Monsanto no longer has a patent on the seeds and “they have never had it.”  India’s Patents Act of 1970 states that plant varieties cannot be patented, no matter what has been done to the genetics of the seed.

Mr. Kapur said that Monsanto has “tried to hoodwink the seed companies and farmers for years claiming they have a patent and making huge amounts of money from that.”  “Tried” seems to be the wrong word, as the Monsanto scam to hoodwink India has worked for 20 years.

New Freedom for Farmers
Moving out from under the jackboots of Monsanto’s patent scam will help seed distributors and farmers more readily adapt to their own situation and climate, says EcoWatch.  It will help them make better decisions over what is best to grow in their region.  They will no longer be forced into the vicious cycle of buying Monsanto’s latest seed technology through strict patent enforcement.  The de-patenting could also free India from more of Monsanto’s infamous genetic experimentation.  Monsanto’s death grip on Indian agriculture has caused a growing crisis of increasing pest resistance.

India Fights Monsanto Patent Scam

The Delhi High Court ruling means the Nuziveedu seed company is no longer required to pay Monsanto exorbitant royalties.  Hallelujah to India farmers!

The ruling could also end a Monsanto joint venture with Mahyco Seeds Ltd., which could dismantle a seed license empire that controls nearly fifty domestic companies in India.

As Monsanto’s big profits dry up from the de-patenting, organic farmers and others who eschew poisonous chemical farming hope and pray Monsanto will leave India altogether.

EcoWatch.com

EcoWatch notes: “If Monsanto was all for ‘feeding the world’ then they would stay in India and help the farmers find out what works best for their climate and community needs.  Since Monsanto only gets involved in agriculture to control it, they will likely depart India as their patent control and perpetual profit dissipates. They may even be as arrogant as to fight the ruling, to regain control over India’s farmers.”

Since it is impossible to overestimate the arrogance, greed, and vindictiveness of Monsanto, we are sadly betting on Monsanto’s fighting India’s beaten-down farmers in India’s Supreme Court. If Monsanto can use its deep pockets to control the US court system and the US Congress – which it does with nauseating ease – what’s to stop it from manipulating the Indian courts?

Monsanto brings the pain to India Farming
When Monsanto first enticed India into trying its GM technology in 1995, many farmers quickly reaped higher yields of specific crops, most notably Monsanto’s genetically modified cotton. EcoWatch says the GM cotton seeds were successful at first, due to a pest-resistant trait called Bt – Bacillus thuringiensis.

But then the usual pests began to resist the genetically altered traits of Monsanto’s allegedly “superior” technology.  Cotton yields fell, but farmers were still forced to pay Monsanto royalties and eat the high cost of failed GM seeds.  Thousands of farmers were forced into a vicious cycle of debt and dependence.  Yields dropped to record lows. Debt suffocated their livelihood. Many farmers committed suicide.

The Monsanto-induced havoc forced the Indian government to regulate prices in 2006, and finally impose strict price controls on cotton seeds in 2016. (If India had done nothing, how many farmers did the country have left to sacrifice to Monsanto’s voracious appetite for unregulated profits?)

And now Monsanto is negotiating a merger with Bayer, a war criminal of a company that made Zyklon B gas used in WWII concentration camps, among other killer chemicals. That jibes with Monsanto’s own wretched history of helping produce Agent Orange, a toxic foliant that kills green plants and the people who depend on them to eat. Generations of Vietnamese children have suffered birth defects as a result.  These companies are birds of a feather.  They make things that kill, for astonishing profits, in the guise of helping humanity.

Some things never change, but we can change them, if we try. If we don’t, they may well change us, or kill us, like Indian farmers.  There is a most definitely an agenda, and most of us are at the wrong end of it. Or we’re like the suicided Indian farmers, being sold a bill of goods promoted as helpful, when in reality it is anything but.

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Judge calls Expert Testimony Against Roundup “Shaky”

A California judge has indicated that lawsuits against Monsanto’s Roundup in his court may be difficult to pursue.  The federal judge dealt a potential death blow to a lawsuit claiming Roundup causes cancer when he concluded last week that the plaintiff’s experts’ testimony against Roundup is “shaky.”  The case, as well as hundreds of others filed in the federal MDL, now stands in danger of not getting to trial.

First Judge to Opine on Roundup Toxicity

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria is the first judge to opine on the toxicity of Roundup, the world’s most popular poison. Roundup has been the center of controversy for more than 30 years, since the U.S. EPA bent its own rules and regulations to allow it on the market. The judge has indicated he may cut several or all of the plaintiff’s key witnesses, which could make the case impossible to pursue in his court. Such a move could also profoundly impact the outcome of more than 300 Monsanto lawsuits in his court. That’s the number of cases in federal courts trying to hold Monsanto liable for failing to warn about Roundup’s cancer risks.

Chhabria heard from about a dozen witnesses including toxicologists, statisticians and an oncologist. He took special interest in two epidemiologists who study how humans contract disease.

Chhabria said on March 14 that he has a “difficult time understanding how an epidemiologist in the face of all the evidence that we saw and heard last week can conclude that glyphosate is in fact causing non-Hodgkin lymphoma in human beings.” The judge called the evidence that glyphosate is currently causing NHL in human beings “pretty sparse.”  The judge was apparently impressed by all the Monsanto-sponsored studies the chemical giant had trotted out earlier to exonerate glyphosate.

The judge also seemed to have fallen for Monsanto’s ploy, which it has gotten away with for decades, through the EPA and other regulatory bodies, to test only glyphosate, instead of the entire concoction of Roundup, which experts estimate to be 1,000 more toxic than glyphosate alone.  Nobody uses glyphosate alone, but Monsanto has been able to make that substance the key to the whole poison puzzle.

Reuters reported that it remains to be seen which witnesses the judge will allow to testify at trial on behalf of more than 700 farmers, landscapers and gardeners. All claim that exposure to glyphosate – through skin contact or inhalation — caused their non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Judge Chhabria appeared to give some credit to Beate Ritz, a public health professor at the University of California at Los Angeles, for having conducted independent analysis.  Still, he called Ms. Ritz’ conclusion that glyphosate causes NHL in humans “dubious.”  He indicated she might be the only witness he allows to testify for the plaintiffs, but even she is at risk of elimination.

Why Not Let a Jury Decide?

Monsanto isn’t completely off the hook, based on what Chhabria said last week.  At this stage he is acting as a corporate gatekeeper to exclude evidence not backed by what he calls scientific rigor, or to at least give the appearance that he is doing so. (Politics frequently prevails in federal court; there’s no way around that fact.)  His position allows him to decide which witnesses are qualified as “experts” who can present their conclusions to a jury. Chhabria said his role is to decide whether the testimony is “in the range of reasonableness,” not whether glyphosate causes cancer.  If you think “reasonableness” is an awfully broad, subjective term, you are exactly right, in your own subjective way.  Why not let a jury decide?

Chhabria also termed the epidemiology for Roundup causing cancer as “loosey-goosey” and called it a “highly subjective field.” (Isn’t that what trials are for?)  But Chhabria may not be able to ride roughshod over all the plaintiffs’ cases.  Some constraints for eliminating witnesses may leave the plaintiffs’ room for Ritz to testify, he conceded.  Maybe Ritz “is operating within the mainstream of the field,” he said.  “Maybe that means it’s up for the jury to decide if they buy her presentation.”

Chhabria’s use of the word “buy” clearly shows his bias against the plaintiff’s case(s).

The judge noted that Ritz was the only plaintiff’s expert not to rely on a 2015 determination that glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, an arm of the World Health Organization.  He said that wasn’t enough to argue exposure to glyphosate is more likely than not the cause of the plaintiffs’ cancer.  (A fair legal assessment)

A lawyer for the group suing Monsanto, said “the weight of the epidemiology, toxicology and mechanistic science strongly supports” the conclusion that Roundup causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma.  “Our experts used valid methodologies to arrive at their conclusions,” he said in a  statement emailed to Reuters.  “Ultimately, we think courts will agree.”

Judge calls Expert Testimony Against Roundup “Shaky”

Judge Chhabria apparently already does not agree, so good luck to plaintiffs in these cases. Our prayers go out to them, and to the truth of Roundup toxicity, that the facts  may all come clear in this litigation.  Let the truth come out!

The case is In re: Roundup Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2741, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco).

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Roundup attacks vital gut bacteria

(March 15, 2018) While Monsanto attorneys argue in California federal court this week that those attacking Roundup for causing cancer are using junk science to do so, more science has found that Roundup attacks and destroys vital bacteria in the human gut.

Gut bacteria has gained a lot of attention lately as being crucial for every facet of human health: mental, physical, and spiritual.  (The Holy Bible and other religious tracts are full of stories about Jesus and others fasting in spiritual purification rituals.)  Recent studies have found that poor gut health can lead to heart disease, or to Alzheimer’s, and a host of other tragic maladies. Several studies have found gut health to be indispensable for sound mental functioning. Children with autism are routinely found to have terrible gut health.  One prominent researcher has recently offered evidence to implicate Monsanto’s glyphosate in autism spectrum disorder.

Related:  Glyphosate Unsafe on Any Plate

Gut bacteria, beyond any doubt, profoundly influences immune function, digestion, brain function, virtually every job tasked to the human body and mind.  A trove of recent research has repeatedly shown the power of healthy gut bacteria as well as the dangers of an unhealthy gut.

The good news is we now KNOW the importance of gut health.  The bad news is that our human guts are all under attack by a ubiquitous chemical which has been show to destroy gut microbes. Monsanto’s glyphosate, which was first used to strip metal off of pipes, now strips healthy flora and fauna from our own guts.

Glyphosate Glyphosate Everywhere

Every glyphosate exposure study done has shown that most of us have become contaminated with the toxic chemical, whether we eat GMO foods directly, or whether we adhere strictly to a non-GMO diet and do all we can to steer clear of Monsanto’s most lucrative poison.  At this moment, we cannot escape this toxic soup.  Glyphosate is everywhere in our environment, in the air, water, and in most of our food, if not directly, then through simple drift across neighboring fields.

Roundup Cancer Lawsuits

Glyphosate is already at the center of hundreds of Roundup cancer lawsuits, filed by people stricken with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after they were exposed to Roundup.  A judge overseeing the litigation in California federal court is showing signs of buying Monsanto’s claim that no hard evidence links glyphosate to cancer.  Regardless of any trial outcomes, glyphosate will continue to poison the world for a very long time, killing plants, bees, and people.

Roundup attacks vital gut bacteria

Medical problems linked to an imbalance of gut bacteria include:

•  colorectal cancer

•  diabetes

•  liver disease

•  cardiovascular disease

•  asthma

•  inflammatory bowel disease

•  autism

•  obesity

Glyphosate Gut Damage Regardless of Exposure Levels

The latest study over glyphosate and gut microbes was led by Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini of the University of Caen.  The study team examined rats’ fecal samples and assessed their gut microbiomes.  Female rats exposed to glyphosate experienced significant changes regardless of their dose. As an added horror, glyphosate also damages the microbial activity of soil, so it’s the poison that keeps on poisoning.

The researchers suggest glyphosate could be linked with the recent spike in gut disease in industrialized nations that genetic reasons alone can’t explain.

Because glyphosate is only one active ingredient in Roundup, experts see a need to repeat the study using a bigger group of animals to compare the effects of glyphosate alone as well as to Roundup.  Other ingredients in Roundup, called adjuvants, could be making any effect much more pronounced.

Sadly, even criminally, in regulatory evaluations of pesticides, only glyphosate alone is tested for long-term safety, which means calculations of safe levels are obviously inaccurate.

Professor Seralini believes the full toxic effects of Roundup on us could easily be 1,000X more awful than glyphosate alone. He believes the glyphosate levels allowed in our food and drinks are at least 1,000X too high.  He said: “The acceptable levels of glyphosate residues in food and drinks should be divided immediately by a factor of at least 1,000 because of these hidden poisons.”

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Roundup causes Cancer, Experts tell Judge

(March 6 2018) A parade of experts testified to a judge in California this week that Monsanto’s Roundup causes cancer.  The testimony came as part of the first trial in the country against Monsanto over its popular weedkiller Roundup.  U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria heard evidence from several plaintiffs’ experts who said Roundup causes cancer, and then he heard testimony from several Monsanto experts who claimed Roundup is perfectly safe and no evidence suggests otherwise. What conclusion could anyone draw but that “Science” takes on a whole new meaning where Roundup is concerned.

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Before jury selection gets underway in this first scheduled trial, Monsanto seeks to stop the Roundup litigation in its tracks by having the judge dismiss the case on the grounds that no science links Roundup with cancer.  If Judge Chhabria were to rule that no credible evidence shows Roundup causes cancer, or that plaintiffs don’t have the right “experts” to prove up the cases, Monsanto could escape prosecution in some 350 cases in California, and, potentially, in all 3,500 cases filed against the company for Roundup cancer cases nationwide.

The arguments from both sides came in a six-hour hearing before Judge Chhabria, presiding over the federal multidistrict litigation, and California Superior Court Judge Iona Petrou, handling similar claims in state court.  The experts testified that there was statistically significant evidence showing prolonged exposure to glyphosate – Roundup’s primary active ingredient – raises one’s chances of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

A hematopathologist employed at City of Hope National Medical Center testified that several epidemiological studies he examined showed glyphosate could double one’s chance of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Dennis Weisenburger said that between those studies and several animal studies explained two possible ways glyphosate causes cancer. He said he was convinced of a correlation between glyphosate and the disease.

Glyphosate Genotoxic in Living Cells
Mr. Weisenburger said he synthesized all the information and weighed it as a whole.  He said, “There’s good data to conclude exposure to glyphosate increases the risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  (There’s) a body of evidence that’s pretty compelling that glyphosate and its formulations are genotoxic in living cells.”

Monsanto has tried to have the case thrown out on a technicality concerning “expert” testimony. Law360 reported that Monsanto’s motion for summary judgment argues that the Roundup cases should be thrown out because “testimony proposed by six plaintiffs’ experts failed to meet the admissibility requirements for scientific evidence as set by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Daubert standard.”  Monsanto argued that the plaintiffs’ experts used “results-driven methods” to show evidence that links Roundup’s glyphosate with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Testimony: Glyphosate Doubles Cancer Risk

Dr. Beate Ritz testified at length. An occupational and environmental epidemiologist, she reviewed the validity of studies based on sample size, statistical significance and research biases.  She lauded a famous Swedish study which found glyphosate doubles the risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and also a Canadian study which found similar results for farmers exposed to Roundup more than two times per year.

A Monsanto attorney on cross examination pointed out that most of the studies Dr. Ritz referred to did not consider other possible pesticide exposures.

Judge Chhabria said, “This continues to be an issue for me.  I still don’t understand how or why it would be a bad idea to adjust for other pesticide exposure.”

AHS Study Deeply Flawed
Dr. Ritz also attacked the Agricultural Health Study, a National Institute of Health analysis begun in 1993 which found no correlation between glyphosate and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in North Carolina and Iowa farmers.  Dr. Ritz acknowledged some merits of the study, but said its glyphosate results were deeply flawed.  She said the AHS first surveyed the farmers in the 1990s, but when NIH returned for an update years later, a third of the original farmers failed to follow up.  She also said that glyphosate use was rare at the beginning of the study, but heavy by the follow-up date.

“The use of glyphosate changed mid-baseline,” she testified.  “I have to downgrade the importance of the AHS study that otherwise, I really love.  I just can’t take it seriously.  All the other effects are drowned out in the noise of exposure misclassification.”

Roundup causes Cancer, Experts tell Judge

The AHS study was obviously on both sides’ minds as potentially pivotal in these cases. Monsanto’s VP of Global Strategy lauded it, telling Law360 after the testimony that AHS was “the largest epidemiological study of glyophosate ever.”

We haven’t heard the last word from the AHS study, or from Monsanto, or plaintiffs who believe their non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma was caused by Roundup exposure.

Stay tuned. . .

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Evidence Monsanto, EPA Colluded to delay Glyphosate Review

New evidence shows Monsanto and EPA colluded to delay a glyphosate review that was potentially damning for Monsanto.  The documents show senior Environmental Protection Agency officials didn’t worry about protecting anyone but Monsanto, and perhaps their own jobs.  Emails show EPA officials genuflecting to the chemical giant in an effort to help Monsanto continue selling Roundup without a hitch while taxpayers awaited a fair safety review after previous studies showed Roundup was a probable human carcinogen.

Related:  Roundup non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Lawsuit

It took a Freedom of Information Act request to uncover the damning documents. The emails reveal Monsanto’s influence over the EPA and show just how far the biotech bully goes to spin science for profit. The communications show EPA officials working closely with Monsanto to delay a toxicology review on glyphosate that was supposed to be conducted by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.  The ATSDR is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), but the emails show it to be a subsidiary of Monsanto.

Roundup Carcinogenicity Clear since 1985

EPA collusion with Monsanto stretches back to at least 1993, when the agency reversed its 1985 ruling that glyphosate was a probable carcinogen.  See: EPA’s 1985 Roundup Cancer Ruling.  We didn’t then have the benefit of emails to prove the collusion, but now we do.

The latest Monsanto-EPA collusion began in early 2015, when glyphosate was finally red-flagged by the World Health Organization (which is normally a corporate lapdog).  In 2015, the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) declared Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, a “probable human carcinogen.”  That finding made Monsanto executives apoplectic.  Monsanto had poisoned so many people and their lands with Roundup for so many years, what could the company do then but what it did – feign moral outrage?

Roundup and non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Lawsuits
With Roundup lawsuits reigning down on them after the IARC ruling, Monsanto senior officials knew that something had to be done, and fast.  Monsanto needed to discredit the IARC,  or “neutralize” it, as corporations say.  Monsanto needed to make glyphosate appear safe again in the public eye, because appearance, not reality, is the ALL.  Monsanto’s immediate fear was that ATSDR might make a similar ruling about the carcinogenicity of glyphosate.  If ATSDR followed IARC’s lead, it could spell the death knell for Roundup, Monsanto’s best-selling poison.  Monsanto promptly kicked into gear and used its EPA connections to halt the toxicological review.

Evidence Monsanto, EPA Colluded  to delay Glyphosate Review
The emails show how EPA officials worked closely with Monsanto executives, updating the company on their progress to keep the ATSDR’s from completing a toxicological review. The emails detail Monsanto’s M.O.: its naked attempts to squelch or manipulate real scientific reviews of the company’s chemical poisons.  The emails vindicate Monsanto lawsuits.  The emails show how Monsanto tried – successfully, in this case – to cover up glyphosate’s deadly links with cancer.

Roundup Lawsuits
Make no mistake.  Roundup is a prominent pillar in Monsanto’s whole toxic business model.  The genetically modified seeds it sells are called “Roundup Ready.” The Roundup-Ready corn and soy and other genetically-perverted seeds Monsanto patents and sells – as it attempts to monopolize the seed industry – are chemically engineered to resist Roundup’s toxic assault.  Roundup kills everything not genetically modified to withstand it.  Any threat to Roundup – whose only listed active ingredient is glyphosate – is a direct threat to Monsanto’s whole business model.

Related:  Roundup more toxic than glyophosate

Because glyphosate plays such an outsized role in U.S. agriculture and lawn care, and Roundup is Monsanto’s best selling killer, the company could not let the IARC classification that it was a probable carcinogen go unpunished, or unanswered.  Monsanto could not let the IARC ruling  stand.  Because desperate times call for desperate measures, Monsanto employees got sloppy with their normally quieter collusion with EPA.

After the IARC ruling, it was absolutely essential for Monsanto that ATSDR publish a positive safety review to refute the IARC.  Monsanto’s collusion with EPA worked just as Monsanto knew it could – they seamlessly follow the golden rule; whoever has the gold rules.

EPA Stifles Glyphosate Review for Monsanto
In February 2015, the ATSDR promised a toxicology review on glyphosate by October 2015, but Monsanto’s EPA collusion got it halted. No toxicological profile from ATSDR has been published as of February 2017.  We now know why.  Monsanto’s emails to EPA worked just as the company hoped they would.

Jess Rowland, Monsanto’s EPA Insider
Jess Rowland, former deputy division director in the health effects division of the EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), retired in 2016 with a giant black mark on her career. Emails between her and Monsanto showed Ms. Rowland telling the biotech bully that she hoped to kill the ATSDR review.  And according to the email dump courtesy of FOIA, she was not the only high level EPA official working with Monsanto to stop the toxicology review.

Monsanto EPA Collusion Systemic
At the behest of Monsanto, a collection of (colluding) EPA officials aggressively pressured the ATSDR and HHS for Monsanto. The “officials” claimed a toxicology review on glyphosate would be unnecessarily “duplicative” because the EPA was putting its own review together.  Lo and behold, the EPA’s assessment in 2016 refuted IARC’s scientific proof that glyphosate was a probable carcinogen.  Its evidence was scant, fictional, or non-existent; but so is lots of “evidence” that finds its way into “scientific studies.” That review also failed the public entirely because it focused only on glyphosate – Roundup’s only named active ingredient – which is never applied alone but becomes at least 1,000 more toxic when mixed into a Roundup concoction.

In addition, in sharp contrast with EPA, the IARC looked only at glypohosate studies independent of industry, while EPA takes Monsanto at its word (as it did when it unleashed Roundup on the world) and allows Monsanto-funded studies the same weight as independent ones.

Gov’t Official: ATSDR Study not Duplicative
OPP Director Jack Housenger genuflects to Monsanto repeatedly through the recent FOIA-released email communications.  In his ultimately successful efforts to suppress the ATSDR review, Housenger bowed to Monsanto pressure, wondering “whether this is a good use of government resources.” (Millions and millions of gallons of Roundup have been dumped on us all, but Housenger is worried over OPP expenses in examining the most-used poison of our time ?)  At first, officials with the ATSDR review didn’t bend.  ATSDR division director James Stephens wrote back. He said their review overlaps the EPA’s review “but isn’t totally duplicative…”

Monsanto Muscle at Work
Monsanto’s chief “scientist” William Heydens forcefully convinced EPA officials to bury any ATSDR review.  ATSDR officials said their review was distinguishable and not duplicative, which contradicted the EPA’s opinion. But ATSDR finally agreed with Housenger not to say anything about glyphosate’s carcinogenicity. When our government regulator – OPP Director Housenger – confirmed to Monsanto that the ATSDR was backing off the glyphosate review, Monsanto’s William Heydens snapped, “Distinguishable and not duplicative’? Seriously? And I will believe the not ‘making a call on cancer’ part when I see it. Anyway, at least they know they are being watched, and hopefully that keeps them from doing anything too stupid…”

Indeed, government agencies have kowtowed to corporate bullies like Monsanto for so long that many have learned to look over their shoulders for people like Heydens. If Monsanto complains enough to the right Senators or congressional reps whose campaigns, junkets and pork barrel projects they help fund, could they have not only a review but also a troublesome reviewer removed?  We now see how easily they can remove a review.  How else are we to take Heydens’ thinly-veiled threat?

Heydens sheds light on the fact that our government of wolves is controlled by corporate wolves. Meanwhile, Monsanto continues to poison us all with relative impunity.

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