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Monsanto Attempts Takedown of Agency Linking Its Weed Killer to Cancer

Monsanto is on the march, staging a war against the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in an attempt to annihilate the agency’s stand that its herbicide, Roundup, is probably carcinogenic to humans. The IARC is fighting back with an arsenal of information that exposes Monsanto for staging an industry-led witch hunt. According to Politico, the battle may be decided soon, when the European Union makes a final ruling on whether to renew the chemical’s license.

More than 800 people with cancer are suing Monsanto, over claims its glyphosate-based herbicide caused them to get non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, even though decades ago Monsanto was able to persuade the EPA to change the classification of glyphosate from a Class C Carcinogen (suggestive carcinogenic potential) to Class E, which means there is evidence of non-carcinogenicity in humans.

I believe Monsanto’s success so long ago is one reason it continues to try its same maneuvers yet today, with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency releasing a paper in 2015 stating the chemical is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans. But once you know the rest of the story — that Jess Rowland, former associate director of EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs, appears to have aided and protected Monsanto’s interests — you can understand just how low Monsanto and its minions will go to protect its poisons.

Email correspondence shows Rowland helped stop a glyphosate investigation by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease — a task Rowland allegedly said he should "deserve a medal for," were he to pull it off (which he did). Evidence now suggests taxpayers’ money has been used to shield Monsanto and other pesticide companies from liability and obstruct consumers’ ability to prove damages.

And please note: Rowland’s post-EPA work includes consulting for three chemical companies and that work involves a chemical in all three instances. All three companies are also close associates of Monsanto.
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