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

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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."



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".



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."



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." 



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

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Global Douche's picture

Well, surprise, surprise, SURPRISE!! 

Someone had to expose it. It was indeed a matter of time. Thank You for unearthing the obvious!

Golden Showers's picture

Weyland-Yutani Corporation: "Building better worlds".

TabakLover's picture

Greedy Corporate fucks......... Money is their god.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Is there truly any other?

A quick review of history would seem to indicate there is only one God Almighty.


813kml's picture

Blasphemy, pussy is almighty.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Pussy magic materializes money.

unsafe-space-time's picture

Not to globalist fags. If it was they wouldn't try to make blondes and asian chicks extinct.

gregga777's picture

The United States of America's Feral Gangster Government exists to protect CCCC (Criminal Crony Capitalist CONporations), banking gangsters, CON Street Swindlers and the entire Intellectual Yet Idiot classes ruling morons NOT the American People.

Miskondukt's picture

This shit makes me so fucking pissed. DC needs a fucking nuke shoved up its fucking ass.

Croesus's picture

I'd rather herd them all into a torture chamber, and televise it.

DingleBarryObummer's picture

stress probably causes cancer 10x worse than roundup.

Ms No's picture

They make sure we have that in spades as well.

halcyon's picture

Where's Ripley when we need her?

"I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure."

Sledge750's picture

Well, those SOBS will do anything for a buck.


Should have expected it...

Trucker Glock's picture

I'm sure this is an isolated case.  And there is no way Monsanto could corrupt the saints at FDA or USDA, so that's good.

QQQBall's picture

Peak prosperity did a great podcast on Roundup. They use it to pre-dry crops like oats (i think) too, which is insane and unecessary.

Minack's picture

D.C delenda est.

Trucker Glock's picture

Better dying through chemistry. 

turnball the banker's picture
turnball the banker (not verified) Mar 14, 2017 7:51 PM

So how many cunts are going to jail?

Yen Cross's picture

    I use Roundup on the weeds that grow in my driveway.  Just like everything else, moderation should be observed.

  * I hear the French like to drink shots of Roundup with Escargot.

Doom Porn Star's picture

" I hear the French like to drink shots of Roundup with Escargot. "

...Perfect with one of those gold-tipped asbestos ciggys..

trulz4lulz's picture

Use salt water and vinegar instead. 

Yen Cross's picture

 Doesn't work... Been there done that<  

    WE have palm trees everywhere in my hood. The rats don't even get in the garbage. They[rats the size of cats] sit on the hot water heater[enclosed] outside my guest-house and eat palm nuts every night.

  I try to explain to my neighbors why they need to maintain their palm trees.  They're a bunch of ADHD pikers<

trulz4lulz's picture

AH! Palm trees is a give away. yeah most the plants there are probably brackish, so that wont work. I would advise using near boiling water, and just dump that on them. 

techpriest's picture

Great way to exterminate ants too.

IndyPat's picture

Borax sugar and cornmeal is what I feed my ants.

They get to eat that after walking across the carpet of diatomaceous earth I spread for them.

Ms No's picture

Diatomaceous earth kills bugs and is a fertilizer.  After it rains it stops working on bugs though.  They are usually all dead by them.  It comes from a diatom sediment and it kills them by cutting into their exo-skeleton.  Don't breath it though.

techpriest's picture

I am familiar with inhalation hazards. In grad school, one guy died from huffing too much silica gel (lung cancer). He was 30.

IndyPat's picture

He drowned.

Near where I grew up in WV, there was a tunneling disaster when a vein of silica was opened.
Lots of guys died a really shitty death.

northern vigor's picture

I learn more from reading the ZH peanut gallery than the articles.

northern vigor's picture

Most farmers have breathing afflictions. Many such as myself who spent years in barns blamed it on the livestock, or molds in feed.  

I believe one day they will eventually find that it is the silicates from all the clay soil that we breathed, driving open platform  tractors doing the spring work. We would be covered in it every day, and have to clean out the air breathers on the tractors each morning. The silicates in volcanic ash killed most people when volcanoes blew. 

WillyGroper's picture

why don't you just use table salt?

Umh's picture

Use a torch. I have been using a propane torch for years now, it works.

WillyGroper's picture

i tried that too...on johnson grass.

nuffin will kill it.

WillyGroper's picture

i got some ag 30% acidity vinegar last year.

mixed it with some epsom salts & delimonene.

works good, non toxic.

sure as the dickens don't want to get it on you or breathe'll turn your lungs inside out & burns the skin.

Grandad Grumps's picture

Something such as this should end Monsanto with lawsuits and mean jail time for the key bad actors.

Should, not will.

Kagemusho's picture

RoundUp is the shite that has been sprayed in Colombia on supposed drug crops. But all too often the stuff gets blown into non-drug farming areas, and has led to a legion of birth defects amongst the campesinos. It is like dioxin, some seriously bad shite, but Uncle Sam approves of it being sprayed in LA countries supposedly  to protect American kiddies from snorting nose candy.  One more example of stupid fuqqing criminal Gub'mint drug war bullshite.


UncleChopChop's picture

yeah, well so they've lied about [INSERT LIST HERE] and now Herbicides... but Vaccines are totally safe! you're not an anti-vaxxer are you??

no ice's picture

Yep.  The US Gov and its alphabet soup minions like the corporation known as the CDC are psychopathic liars.  Glyphosate (ingredient in Round-Up) in vaccines, too!

TheEndIsNear's picture

Good reason to 86 the EPA.

FreeEarCandy's picture

Conclusion,.... NO ONE IS GOING TO JAIL!!!

Insearch's picture

Any recommendations for a pesticide toxologist doctor in the San Fran Bay Area, Napa and/or Sonoma?

Sledge750's picture

Leaving would be a good idea, but you probably won't.


Try not consuming anything you don't kill, grow or prepare yourself.

Insearch's picture

I did move, and learned a lot.

nati's picture

Notice how many women are involved in this criminal activity? I guess we know what to expect, seeing how "women are the future" and all.

Whodathunkit's picture

Anyone notice the autistic kid standing over there.