Monsanto Colluded With EPA, Was Unable To Prove Roundup Does Not Cause Cancer, Unsealed Court Docs Reveal

Tyler Durden's picture

If we had a dime for every kooky, left-wing theory we've heard alleging some vast corporate conspiracy to exploit the treasures of the earth, destroy the environment and poison people with unknown carcinogens all while buying off politicians to cover their tracks, we would be rich.  The problem, of course, is that sometimes the kooky conspiracy theories prove to be completely accurate.   

Lets take the case of the $60 billion ag-chemicals powerhouse, Monsanto,  and their controversial herbicide, Roundup as an example.  For those who aren't familiar, Roundup Ready is Monsanto’s blockbuster weedkiller, credited with transforming U.S. agriculture, with a majority of farm production now using genetically modified seeds resistant to the chemical. 

For years the company has assured farmers that their weed killing product was absolutely safe to use.  As proof, Monsanto touted the approval of the chemical by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

That said, newly unsealed court documents released earlier today seemingly reveal a startling effort on the part of both Monsanto and the EPA to work in concert to kill and/or discredit independent, albeit inconvenient, cancer research conducted by the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)....more on this later.

But, before we get into the competing studies, here is a brief look at the 'extensive' work that Monsanto and the EPA did prior to originally declaring Roundup safe for use (hint: not much).  As the excerpt below reveals, the EPA effectively declared Roundup safe for use without even conducting tests on the actual formulation, but instead relying on industry research on just one of the product's active ingredients.

"EPA's minimal standards do not require human health data submissions related to the formulated product - here, Roundup.  Instead, EPA regulations require only studies and data that relate to the active ingredient, which in the case of Roundup is glyphosate.  As a result, the body of scientific literature EPA has reviewed is not only primarily provided by the industry, but it also only considers one part of the chemical ingredients that make up Roundup." 

Meanwhile, if that's not enough for you, Donna Farmer, Monsanto's lead toxicologist, even admitted in her deposition that she "cannot say that Roundup does not cause cancer" because "[w]e [Monsanto] have not done the carcinogenicity studies with Roundup."

Monsanto

 

And just in case you're the super skeptical type, here is Farmer's actual email, from back in 2009, which seems pretty clear:

"you cannot say that Roundup does not cause cancer..we have not done carcinogenicity studies with "Roundup".

Monsanto

 

And while the revelations above are quite damning by themselves, this is where things get really interesting. 

In early 2015, once it became clear that the World Health Organization's IARC was working on their own independent study of Roundup, Monsanto immediately launched their own efforts to preemptively discredit any results that might be deemed 'inconvenient'.

That said, Monsanto, the $60 billion behemoth, couldn't possibly afford the $250,000 bill that would come with conducting a legitimate scientific study led by accredited scientists.  Instead, they decided to "ghost-write" key sections of their report themselves and plotted to then have the independent scientists just "sign their names so to speak."

"A less expensive/more palatable approach might be to involve experts only for the areas of contention, epidemiology and possibly MOA (depending on what comes out of the IARC meeting), and we ghost-write the Exposure Tox & Genetox sections...but we would be keeping the cost down by us doing the writing and they would just edit & sign their names so to speak."

Monsanto

 

Finally, when all else fails, you call in those "special favors" in Washington D.C. that you've paid handsomely for over the years. 

And that's where Jess Rowland, the EPA's Deputy Division Director for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention and chair of the Agency's Cancer Assessment Review Committee, comes in to assure you that he's fully exploiting his role as the "chair of the CARC" to kill any potentially damaging research..."if I can kill this I should get a medal." 

Monsanto

 

All of which begs the question of whether the D.C. swamp is just too large to be drained.

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keep the bastards honest's picture

Lived in Fiji in the 80's.  Farmers got to join the Paraquat Club  on purchase of 93 (litres I assume). Indian wives who could not take it any longer drank or were given it. It dessicates and takes a long  painful time to die.. more than a week. There were more than 300 products banned in the US sold  there.

Trucker Glock's picture

Standing oats are killed with Roundup.  No GMO oats, but they're poisoned for harvest.

El Vaquero's picture

A lot of shit is killed with roundup.  Oats.  Wheat.  Rye.  If it needs to be dead when it is harvested, they probably use roundup to kill it on some farms.  It is also common to use it to kill cover crops.  

beemasters's picture

Last year's news...in case anyone forgot/missed it.

Is Your Oatmeal Killing You? Quaker Oats Sued Over Use Of Monsanto’s Roundup
http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/is-your-oatmeal-killing-you-quaker...

trulz4lulz's picture

I live in Indiana, and am witnessing first hand the utter devestation of the North American Ashe Tree. Pretty sad to say the least. I for one, dont believe the narrative of the ashe borer beetle for one second, here is why. As a kid, my brother and I used to play in the woods quite frequently since we grew up in the woods. Occasionally we would find a small dead ash tree that had weird squibble lines on the tree. Those were caused by the beetle, they have been in America for a very long time, there is allegedly no "natural predator" to the beetle, which is true, nothing will eat it in its adult form. My contention is that, since that beetle has been here for awhile, what we are witnessing is a beneficial nematode collapse in Americas farmland and river ways, caused by glyphosates. Most people think that glypohosate is an herbacide, this is incorrect, it is technically an omnicide, as it kills, beneficial nematodes, earth worms oof all manner, fungi and mychoreazi as well anything not GMO. 

Americans have saturated the soil with poisonus omnicides, totally unabated and unregulated use. My hypothisis is that this has caused a once very numerous nematode, one that fed on the larva of the borer beetle, to die out, therefore the nematodes are no longer in the soil, eating the larva of pest insects. Its just a guess, but if you ever drive through my once beautiful state during the summer time, just look at all those dead trees next to the corn and soybean fields. Its the start of the collapse of the ecosystem, due to humans poisoning thier lawns, because of dandilions or some shit.  

FreddieX's picture

Someone I know is down in South Carolina - does not hear any birds - there are none. Until a big town like Boston where birds are everywhere.

trulz4lulz's picture

We still have birds here, but not even close to the roving flocks I remember seeing as a kid about 3 decades ago. Sometimes there would be so many robins and all manner of birds in the fields that it would just look like a black patch in the field. Those days are gone. We poison the worms, and the birds eat the worms, so on and so forth. I was taught that birds in the field were a good thing, plenty of worms, meant plenty of birds, plenty of birds meant plenty of poop from birds, free fertilizer. Guess its just easier to pour anhydrous ammonia and roundup on everything now i suppose. Two crude oil based products....fuck we're stupid. 

El Vaquero's picture

Plows can also plow deeper than they used to.  

techpriest's picture

At the same time, out in Iowa I noticed that some of the black soil is becoming brown, because the erosion from the intensive farming is finally degrading the soil. It will take millenia to rebuild that.

El Vaquero's picture

We have been fucking entire ecosystems up since we invented farming.  The Middle East used to be much greener.  Considering that the Han Chinese largely came from the area that is where the Loess Plateau is, it is also a safe bet that area used to be much greener.  The Middle East is going to be a lost cause because of the people who live there, but the Chinese are actually reparing a lot of the damage done over thousands of years to the Loess Plateau.  They've regenerated something like 5% of it thus far, and this has significantly raised the standard of living for the people who live in the places that have been the target of this effort.  Incomes have gone up and their cropland is far, far more productive.  

 

We need to focus more on what is going on below the ground than what is going on above ground.  The latter will follow if we do our part.  

techpriest's picture

I'm starting to read about permaculture, and about soil and water. I have to agree that more people should use their property as a means to enrich the local environment. This in turn can add up to the larger ecosystem having better soil, more water, and more avenues for birds and beneficial insects to thrive.

Also, I've often thought about what would happen to food production if every suburban 1/4 acre lot was used, at least partially, for food production. Not only in terms of food grown, but also in terms of how people's thinking would be affected when they start taking their health into their own hands.

HermanVanCuckold's picture

We're reading about that too. We're planning to have a permaculture garden at our next residence.

Doom Porn Star's picture

"I've often thought about what would happen to food production if every suburban 1/4 acre lot was used, at least partially, for food production. Not only in terms of food grown, but also in terms of how people's thinking would be affected when they start taking their health into their own hands. "

 

There will be no competition with big agriculture if everyone is convinced to poison their mortgaged lots en masse.

IMHO: that is what Roundup was actually designed for. to perpetuate a new form of debt slavery/feudalism: where it is impossible to grown ANY foodstuffs on the mortgaged lots.   The 'owners' are being duped into rendering their own lands barren. 

keep the bastards honest's picture

Mollison ( creator of Permaculture) has worked in desert fringes to show how to bring back land to fertility. In Aus he was not allowed access to govt owned buildings for  talks.  In Russia was feted.

tip e. canoe's picture

maybe, maybe not.    look up Elaine Ingrham, soil scientist.    according to her, black soil = anaerobic.    what you want near the surface is chocolate brown soil = aerobic.

thisandthat's picture

Once heard a story about one of those genius, save the world type of feelgoody ideas, where they sent tractors and plows to Africa to help fight hunger by mechanizing farming, and it was a disaster because the plows weren't adapted to the poor thin soil, and plowed so deep into the ground they'd dig the subsoil up, turning the soil even more sterile than it already was...

Bottom line is there's deep and then there's too deep...

El Vaquero's picture

Look up Terra Preta (sp?) in the Amazon.  500+ years ago, those indians figured out how to make that thin jungle soil into something marvelous.  This is something that modern ag hasn't been able to do.  It is a human manufactured soil, and it is estimated that it covers 10% of the Amazon last I heard.  Another funny thing is that a huge chunk of the tree species in the Amazon are the result of human intervention over the millennia.  It's not the pristine jungle that people think it was.  It was a human managed jungle.  

thisandthat's picture

Terra preta literally means Black Earth, in Portuguese, which is also what Chernozom means in Russian. I actually had just been reading about it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terra_preta

Yep, and the part where its banks were actually "densely populated for hundreds of kilometers" before european arrival is just too funny, considering today's "environmentalists" cries about rain forest...

OverTheHedge's picture

In the 1970s in the UK a tractor plowing would have an entire flock of seagulls following it, feasting on the worms. Thousands of gulls. Now, you only find flocks like that at the municipal landfill rubbish tip. The soil is dead.

El Vaquero's picture

For as much as I was on the interstate last summer, I had to clean the bug splats off of my windshield very few times.  I don't know if t4lulz is correct about ecosystem collapse, but if we continue as we are, he will be correct.  

trulz4lulz's picture

I hope Im wrong, but from just casual observation of a private wetland, Ill tell you what I have observed. 30 years ago, I used to find about 4 different species of salamanders in our swamps, now there are zero. There used to be a very cool variety of "leopard" frog, it was a decent sized frog, bright green with golden rings around black spots, all gone. I found several North American box turtles there too, havent seen one in over 20 years. Ive seen a beautiful wetland full of enourmous ashe trees, and by enormous I mean one trees canopy was probably 1.5 acres, if not bigger, be reduced to next to zero ashe trees. And now the black walnuts are starting to show signs of sickness. Ive seen it go from producing hundreds of pounds of morels, to maybe one or 2 pounds, if youre lucky. 

Long story short, Ive watched my childhood playground and back yard, die, wilt away next to nothing, in front of my weary eyes. I know some here will think this is weird, but some of those trees were my friends! I used to run away and cry on that enormous tree when I was upset as a kid. I confided my secrets to some of those trees, and yes, I even hugged a large number of them when I finally came to terms with their fate. When we took some of the big ones out before everything got too bad, and I seen what logging looked like, I wept. It may not be a total collapse, but if we keep it up, it certainly will be. 

El Vaquero's picture

I hope you're wrong too, but if you're not, we're at the point where it will take well thought out human intervention to put the brakes on it.  Some things will be simple, like letting the woods behind my house flood for a day or two per year to let new trees germinate and to aid in all of the dead material on the ground decomposing.  

trulz4lulz's picture

All of these problems we are facing now, were created by men and women who wont be around to deal with them. Thats why they dont care. They get paid and thats all that mattered to these people for 50 or more years at least. Fucking traitors. 

Leebo's picture

I'm not going to say we aren't doing some major damage to our ecosystem but at the risk of some blowback I'll say one thing.  Our sun is causing our climate to change and things that we are doing are definitely acceleratin it.  I'm not going to say we are causing global climate change and mass extinction but we are accelerating the he'll out of it

El Vaquero's picture

I don't really care if anthropogenic global climate change is real or not.  I want to take all of that CO2 that we've emmitted and use photosynthesis to put it into the ground.  If it's real, then we would be using one ecological disaster to fix another, and if it's not, then it is still the material to fix an ecological disaster.  

keep the bastards honest's picture

ashe trees are vulnerable to aluminium poisoning from chem trails.

halcyon's picture

You are not wrong. Biologists and ... egads, conservationists have reported for over 10 years now that with pseudoestrogens and herbi-fungi-pesticides it is the amphibian populations that go first. And they've been going fast for some time now....

Of course, morons think that the globalist poison mafia will self-regulate itself and everyrhing will be hunky dory.

We do not need the current EPA (or FDA or USDA or DEA or FTC), but we sure as hell need local non-corrupt agencies in their place that will kick the teeth in for people at Monsanto Sygenta and Bayer when needed. And the need is NOW or we all all screwed (because it's not just lizards, birds and bees going - it is us).

 

unsafe-space-time's picture

Was in S Fla last year. There are way less insects,lizards and birds than even few years ago. Haven't seen one pigeon.

bloofer's picture

Based on my recollections from my childhood in the 1950s, the bug population had already dramatically collapsed by the early 80s.

In the 50s, a half-hour drive during the summer would spatter your windshield and the car's grille with countless bugs. If you were sitting outdoors on a summer night with an outside light on the side of the house, the whole wall under the light was covered with bugs, some of which are seldom seen today, such as walking sticks. It's been decades since bugs spattered your windshield during a drive in the country, or vast hordes of bugs were drawn by outdoor lights at night.

You seldom see the garden spiders that used to be common, and I haven't seen a walking stick since some time in the 80s.

El Vaquero's picture

I think some of these phenomena are probably regional or localized.  Just a few years ago, a road trip in the summer would mean uber bug splatters on one's windshield in my state.  Last summer was the first time that I actually noticed the lack of bugs, and it has me a bit buggered.  We'll see what this year holds.  I do get a ton of insects in my garden, including garden spiders, so there is that.  One thing to note is that the only pesticide spraying that goes on in my area is pools of standing water get sprayed for mosquitos, and they didn't spray last year.  I refuse to spray, because if it kills harmful insects, there is a good chance it will be harmful to beneficial insects and pollinators.  

general ambivalent's picture

The irony is that dandelion roots make a good detoxicant.

JRobby's picture

Good for the liver which accumulates all the crap the EPA is supposed to protect you from.

techpriest's picture

When I was out weeding I should have saved those roots... oh well, I don't use herbicide, so I should have some more in a few weeks. I get really big roots too - some as big as my little finger.

Also, for other gardeners - has anyone had luck using rosemary or lavender to keep mosquitoes away? I'm looking to put in more garden boxes around my property and want to have some passive defense.

El Vaquero's picture

Never messed with rosemary and this is my first year with lavender, so I have little advice on that.  It's just now emerging, and that's the extent of my experience with it.  Think about putting a bat house in for the mosquitos.  I had a lot of mosquitos last year, and then a family of bats finally moved into the bat house, and that significantly reduced their pressure.  Keep any lawn that you have short as well.  

 

I do have garlic coming up that came from true garlic seed, which I feel is quite an accomplishment, considering that many hard neck cultivars are male sterile and soft neck garlic isn't just garlic that forgot how to sexually reproduce, it also forgot how to bolt.  

 

Just an FYI in case SHTF:  I purchased some Red Mills raw poppy seeds and did a germination test.  It turns out that an 8oz bag of them is enough to grow an awfully large amount of opium poppies.  If supply chains break down and people need a painkiller...  Opium wasn't a huge problem until the Chinese figured out that you could smoke it.  Alexander The Great took it with him when he conquered the world, and I doubt that he could have done what he did if taking it orally was as addictive as smoking it, or chemically refining it into its constituent components and injecting those directly into your bloodstream.  Note:  Growing them is a legal grey area, but they aren't messing with people who aren't scaring the green seed pods to collect the latex.  

techpriest's picture

Good point re: the bats, just need to sell my wife on it. I'm also looking to make cardboard shreds for my paint cleaning bucket. When I do woodwork and apply polyurethane, I have to let the washwater dry first as a matter of proper disposal, it's the one source of standing water in my yard.

Speaking of cardboard cutting - I've noticed that amazon boxes are piling up in my neighborhood. I'm thinking I could cut 2"x2"x8" blocks, and use a heat gun with old shopping bags to make a bunch of "plastic blocks." Perhaps I could use them as material for archery targets, or something. Mainly I'm seeing a feedstock of consistent quality, and I'm sure the neighbors wouldn't mind me taking it off their hands. Surely there's something I can do with it.

for the herbs, I've grown rosemary and lavender for a few years, and the rosemary did the best. However, from my first years of gardening I've learned to appreciate how much space plants need, and sun! Rosemary straight off a fresh plant tastes better than anything you can buy. Well, I could say that about anything I've grown so far.

El Vaquero's picture

I took a 20' stick of 1/2" wall 2' steel tubing, put the bat house on the top of it, and sunk it 4' in the ground.  The bat house is 16' off of the ground, and the bats don't bother people in the least.  A female with young can eat something like 2x or 3x her weight in insects in a single night.  Flying rodents that leave me alone vs blood sucking mosquitos is a very easy decision to make.  They're actually pretty cool to watch when they come out at or just before dusk.  

 

I think you'll find that a lot of fruits, veggies and herbs taste better when you walk out into your backyard and pick them when they're fresh and ripe.  Even with corn, I have friends who pretty much won't eat posole unless the corn used to make the hominy is stuff that I grew.  The last time I ate store bought hominy, it tasted like cardboard.  (You could use the store bought stuff for an archery target!)  

 

Another thing that I'm doing has to do with lawn.  I've been trying to get rid of mine, but some family members are insistent on it.  Today, I overseeded some Dutch White Clover on it, and once I have enough seed, I'm going to overseed cereal rye.  I'm going to keep it fairly long and mulch it when I mow and build the soil.  If SHTF, just let the lawn grow and I have some grain.  If I decide to put fruit trees there, I have a source of fertility.  I'm learning how to get what I want without actually getting what I want here.  

mary mary's picture

The height of your lawn makes no difference to mosquitoes.  Mosquitoes merely need water, and daytime shade to keep from drying out.  Grass does not provide them enough shade.  But some mosquitoes can fly up to a mile, so they can live where there is water and shade, and then fly to your house in the evening.  If you have mosquitoes, then there is a 100% chance that there is standing water within a mosquito's maximum flight distance from your house.

techpriest's picture

For me, that would be a nearby stream. There is probably a calm spot somewhere in there.

I'll have to look into the bat house.

Old Man River's picture

Congrats on the garlic seeds. That is quite an achievement. I pulled some seeds last year but did not plant them. Planting from seed will be a priority this year.

It did not really get that cold here this winter, some of my garlic is already 2 feet tall. Scapes usually appear late April but I'm starting to look already.

IndyPat's picture

I've had luck using bats and martens.

Bat houses are cheap. Those guys can eat a ton of mosquitos.

tip e. canoe's picture

catnip for mosquito control.    super easy to grow (we've got them spreading like weeds).   supposedly 10x more effective than DEET as a mosquito repellant.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/08/010828075659.htm

duo's picture

Add to that Sudden Soybean Death. Only treatable by plowing up the field and planting a cover crop for the next season.

trulz4lulz's picture

Better living through chemistry, clearly.

SgtShaftoe's picture

You are absolutely correct. That's very likely exactly what is happening. Happy healthy soil = healthy and nutritious plants. Poisoned plants and soil = death.

Borat Sagdiyev's picture

Omnicide is a term for human extinction. Regardless, all herbicides I've read about do not inhibit any processes in development for non-plant species. If diatomaceous earth were used instead then, ya, that would kill lots of insects and their predators. Herbicides might achieve the same end result but not by direct action- they reduce plant species that are used as food by certain species.

It should also be noted that before Roundup, commonly used pesticides had traces of the harmful component of Agent Orange in them.. so everything isn't that cut and dry is what I'm trying to get at here.

mary mary's picture

Nothing is cut and dried.  On the other hand, nothing is more complex than the ecosystems our planet has created.  Thirdly, nothing kills only the target it is made to kill; every poison kills entire classes of critters.  It's just not a good idea to be spraying poison around, because we don't have the money or the manpower to study everything in the ecosystem to find out how many things one particular poison actually kills.  We will never have that much money or manpower.

The real problem is much simpler: there are way too many people on the planet.  To feed that many people, we are wiping out every natural system there is, both on the land and in the seas, and replacing all those systems with a handful of monocultural agricultural systems.  This is stupid beyond belief.  And all because we want more or better sex, or we want to have that house or car or golf club membership which we think will make other humans envy us.  We think that we won't be happy unless other humans envy us.

Having said that, I occasionally use Roundup to kill weeds.  Some plants sucker and spread so quickly that once you get them in your yard, you have to kill the roots, and Roundup is the only way I know to do that.

El Vaquero's picture

I actually managed to get rid of Bermuda grass without roundup.  I intentionally planted my corn too close together and kept it knocked down while the corn was getting established.  Around the edges, where it was trying to spread from via rhizomes, I mulched with grass clippings, then newspaper, then more grass clippings, then finally, the corn stalks when those were done.  Everything below the newspaper decomposed, leaving some superb soil in its wake.  I have another spot that it got into, and I'm going to do the exact same thing with it this year if the cover crop that I put in doesn't choke it out.  I'm going to plant more ground cover crops with the corn as well.  I've heard a lot of gardeners say that Bermuda is one of those that Roundup is the only thing that will work for getting rid of it, but it has one natural enemy:  Shade.  

IndyPat's picture

Can't ya just turn it over? Then plant some indian grass or prairie grass.
Something native to your area, maybe.
That's what I'm doing.

El Vaquero's picture

It got into my garden area where I want food growing.  And tilling/turning Bermuda is a risky proposition.  If you break the roots up too much, it comes back with a vengeance.  The stuff is pure evil once out of control.  I can not water it, and it does just fine on 8.5" of rain per year.  It will even overtake many native plants here.  But it doesn't like shade.  If I were doing a large scale farm/ranch, I would be using a lot of native perennial grasses.  If I wanted to get rid of the Bermuda in that situation,  I'd probably come in at the end of summer, overgraze the shit out of it, plant a fall annual/biennial cover crop cocktail  that grows all winter, knock that down, then move on to the native stuff.  But, I don't have 3,000 acres for a farm/ranch, and I'm going to be growing green chile, okra, onions, borage, tomatoes, squash, motherwort, basil, dill, cilantro, parsley, cumin, wildflowers, nasturtium, and several others where that Bermuda was growing.  That's not compatible with turning it over and planting native grasses.  Along the fringe where I mulched and mulched, I'll be putting in some perennial flowering plants this year.  It's semi-useless space for food, but I produced some dandy soil, and just because a plant doesn't produce food doesn't mean it is useless.  I would have done so sooner, but perennials are harder to plan for, and I'm still wrapping my mind around what I want to achieve and what that entails 5 and 10 years out.