Monsanto Bullies EPA Over Glyphosate

More illegitimate Monsanto self-serving political pressure has been exposed.
Monsanto’s ill-gotten fortunes have been based upon glyphosate (primary ingredient in their deadly ‘Roundup’ herbicide). Now additional evidence demonstrates they are investing their considerable political power to protect this ticking-time-bomb cash cow.
The shameful EPA has now buckled under heavy industry pressure to stall on glyphosate review despite the fact that last year an arm of the World Health Organization designated glyphosate as a “probable human carcinogen.” Jim

“This might have been a tough week for Monsanto Co. The Environmental Protection Agency was slated to hold four days of public meetings focused on essentially one question: Is glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide and the lynchpin to Monsanto’s fortunes, as safe as Monsanto has spent 40 years telling us it is?

“But oddly, the EPA Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) meetings, called to look at potential glyphosate ties to cancer, were ‘postponed’ just four days before they were to begin Oct. 18, after intense lobbying by the agrichemical industry…

“‘This is outrageous. The industry wants to say that our own government scientists, the top ones in their fields, aren’t good enough for these panels,’ said Michael Hansen, senior staff scientist at the Consumers Union. ‘If the EPA wants to add extra epidemiologists that is great but why didn’t they do it before? They are doing this because of pressure from industry.’

“The industry clearly has much at stake, as does the public. Glyphosate is the key ingredient in Monsanto’s branded Roundup herbicides as well as herbicides marketed by numerous agrichemical companies around the world. It is also the key to what has been 20 years of sales of genetically engineered glyphosate-tolerant crops developed by Monsanto. The future sales of both the chemical and the crops are being jeopardized by the mounting concerns that glyphosate can cause cancer and other illnesses or disease.”

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