Saturday, July 21, 2018 by Vicki Batts
Monsanto has been at the forefront of GMOs, toxic pesticides and herbicides, and the development of other noxious chemicals and products, for decades. As the Bayer-Monsanto merger looms closer, it’s been revealed that the Monsanto name will likely be wiped from existence — but their dirty past will not be cleaned away so easily. A name change cannot give them a clean slate, as long as the independent media is alive to keep tabs on the company’s latest misdeeds.
At Monsanto.news, you can find all the latest information on the biotech behemoth and their minions.
Whether it’s the latest developments in lawsuits against Monsanto for hiding the dangers of glyphosate, the star ingredient in their flagship herbicide, Roundup, or simply reporting on the company’s oft-forgotten sordid history, you can learn all you need to know about Monsanto. No matter what their name is in the future, Monsanto’s past will never be that far behind, as long as the public refuses to forget what they’ve done.
One of the most glaring and current issues in the dark world of Monsanto is the company’s active role in suppressing the truth about their most profitable herbicide, Roundup. Though widely reported as being safe, the story of Roundup’s key ingredient, glyphosate, has been unraveling at a rapid pace. Through court cases and other legal proceedings, it has become increasingly obvious that Monsanto didn’t just know about the toxic effects of glyphosate, they went out of their way hide this information from the public and to sway regulators to make decisions in favor of their product.
Internal Monsanto documents recently obtained by U.S. Right To Know prove that the biotech company set out to disparage the International Agency for Cancer Research (IARC)’s finding that glyphosate was a probable carcinogen. The five-point plan outlined by Monsanto officials names off a list of “industry partners,” which includes phony “independent” science outlets, members of the food industry, agrichemical-funded lobbyists and other special interests groups — all of whom apparently are Monsanto’s lapdogs.
The plan also includes steps to “orchestrate public outcry,” call on third-party sources to produce pro-Monsanto, anti-IARC content for the media and other devious actions intended to undermine the integrity of the IARC — a world-renowned authority on cancer and cancer-causing substances. Despite this, Monsanto basically decries the IARC’s studies of glyphosate as “pseudoscience,” purely because it doesn’t fit their agenda.
The company also ran a massive “Let Nothing Go” campaign to promote pro-Monsanto propaganda and denigrate anyone who dared to speak ill of the company or their toxic products.
Evidence presented at a recent court hearing by attorney Brett Wisner also shows that Monsanto executives ignored studies that showed an unfavorable view of glyphosate, pushing the warnings of multiple esteemed scientists aside for profits. “Monsanto has specifically gone out of its way to bully … and to fight independent researchers,” Wisner contended.
Monsanto’s got a dark history, there’s no doubt about that. It’s recently been revealed that the company has been putting out bogus studies since the 1970s. Forty years of fraud — what a record.
As writer Isabelle Z. recently reported, “Ever since the EPA first registered glyphosate for use, there’s been a clear pattern at play: Every time its safety has been called into question, Monsanto makes sure the answers support its interests. They’ve been using their considerable influence and deep pockets to ensure EPA decisions go their way for more than four decades.”
The earliest evidence of this dates back to 1973 — the year before glyphosate was registered. At that time, a biologist with the EPA’s Toxicology Branch recommended that Roundup bear a “Danger” warning on its label due to potential eye irritation — but Monsanto balked at this idea, insisting the irritations were not from Roundup. The EPA eventually acquiesced to Monsanto’s demands, changing the warning to a meager “Caution” instead. From there, a dangerous precedent was set in place: For years to come, Monsanto would continue to ignore the warnings of scientists at every level — and demand that our own federal agencies do the same.
Recent reports have also shown that Monsanto knew PCBs were toxic an entire decade before they stopped producing them. Learn more about what the world’s most evil company is doing (and hiding) at Monsanto.news.
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