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."



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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Dilluminati's picture

Paraquat = Agent orange = Roundup

EXTOXNET PIP - PARAQUATTrade and Other Names: Product names include Crisquat, Cyclone, Dextrone, Dexuron, Gramoxone Extra, Herbaxone, Ortho Weed and Spot Killer, and Sweep. The compound may be found in formulations with many other herbicides, including simazine and diquat dibromide.

and then finally

All of em mess up the mitochondria of living stuff...

just poison in it's finest

Farmers have higher rates of several deadly forms of cancer, possibly because of exposure to pesticides and other substances and long hours out in the sun, National Cancer Institute researchers say.

(possibly just possibly~~)
Westcoastliberal's picture

Doesn't surprise me at all.  After 4 or so tries to get FDA approval for Aspartame (Nutrasweet), Searle hired Donald Rumsfeld (yes THAT Rumsfeld) as their CEO and he was able to magically win approval.

Everything in D.C. is a smokescreen....nothing is as you might imagine, unless you're a cynical cuss like me.


Formerly Westcoastliberal, now Westcoastunliberal

WillyGroper's picture

donna "farmer."  now there's some irony...she should be made to drink it.

think of all those farmers land now toxic & all those who've worked it.

gee...glad they unloaded monSATAN on bayer...think of the hit on the stock.

absolutely criminal! everyone involved should be sentenced to eating the food & drinking the tainted water.

Solio's picture

If the pus covered fish are alright, what is a little roundup?

Anonymous IX's picture

Yup, of the most widely unreported stories in recent years involves the utterly unthinkable consequences of Fukushima.  What?  A fish covered in pus?  Could this have possibly anthing...anything at do with radiation contamination in the ocean?  The trouble with our level of science and, consequently, "scientists" is that "our" science is most frequently shaped today by politics and financial/economic advantage.  Period.  In truth, they run out to the ocean with their Geiger counters and other inadequate measuring sticks and think to measure something about which they know absolutely nothing.

Also, should be noted by forum readers:  "super weeds" immune to Roundup now exist.  Another really "bright" scientific "breakthrough."  "Yup, Jeb, why don't we double down on that damn good Roundup?" 

trulz4lulz's picture

Radiation!? Phhhhhfffft...the US Government says that radiation is not only TOTALLY harmless, but also good for me! So that cant be it! Must be global warming or something.

Ms No's picture

There is a story that is even more lied about than Fukushima:  Hanford.  That one is right here.  It's just getting going good now too.

Ms No's picture

To ill informed late to the game retard downvoter.  Even a quick Wikipedia search would have revealed some basic information.  The Hedge has also covered it.  I have met people who have worked out there since the age of 14.  I know people who have worked out there more recently.  They are all terrified of that place.  They have been releasing radiation from there since the 40s but now it's really falling apart.  They have held radioactive waste in single walled tanks since the 40s and now they are all starting to fall apart.  At least 6 tanks are admittedly currently leaking.  It's just getting started.  Even the new double tanks just replaced are starting to leak.

During the Cold War, the project expanded to include nine nuclear reactors and five large plutonium processing complexes, which produced plutonium for most of the more than 60,000 weapons built for the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Many early safety procedures and waste disposal practices were inadequate, and government documents have confirmed that Hanford's operations released significant amounts of radioactive materials into the air and the Columbia River.

...decades of manufacturing left behind 53 million US gallons (200,000 m3) of high-level radioactive waste stored within 177 storage tanks, an additional 25 million cubic feet (710,000 m3) of solid radioactive waste, and 200 square miles (520 km2) of contaminated groundwater beneath the site.

In 2011, the federal agency charged with overseeing the site, the US Department of Energy (DOE), emptied 149 single-shell tanks by pumping nearly all of the liquid waste out into 28 newer double-shell tanks. DOE later found water intruding into at least 14 single-shell tanks and that one of them had been leaking about 640 US gallons (2,400 l; 530 imp gal) per year into the ground since about 2010. In 2012, DOE discovered a leak also from a double-shell tank caused by construction flaws and corrosion in the bottom, and that 12 double-shell tanks have similar construction flaws.

... the Hanford site represented two-thirds of the nation's high-level radioactive waste by volume.[8] Hanford is currently the most contaminated nuclear site in the United States[ ...Cost report, the 2014 estimated cost of the remaining Hanford clean up is $113.6 billion.

Uncaped spent fuel rods.

Deformities one.

Map of first major admitted exposures.

DeepFriedLizards's picture

On second thought forget that.

northern vigor's picture

Ms should write this up and contribute it to ZH

northern vigor's picture

" But the government would never pass anything that hasn't been tested and proven to be safe"....................................Quote from everybody that mocked organic.

Goldilocks's picture

Death is their god.

Glyphosate toxicity to humans: An overview
August 02, 2013 by: Lance Johnson

"EPA continues to allow higher glyphosate levels on crops and in humans

As if it were working directly for Monsanto and other chemical giants, the EPA continues to permit more glyphosate into the ecosystem. According to pre-1985 studies, detectable levels of glyphosate in animals was nearly non-existent. By 1985, glyphosate levels were appearing in animal meat tissue, fat, eggs and milk. At that point, the EPA assigned an acceptable tolerance level of glyphosate in mammals at 0.5 ppm. The EPA quickly moved to establish an acceptable daily intake of glyphosate for human consumption. At that time, they set the ADI at 0.10 mg per kg body weight per day. However, by 1993 this acceptable daily intake had been renamed to be called a "reference dose" and had gone up to 20 times the previous daily limit to 2 mg per kg body weight per day."

northern vigor's picture

"But farmers have been growing genetically modified crops for thousands of years"......................................................................................................Quote from every dumb arsed expert that believed Monsanto genetically modifies crops like the ancient Egyptians...for the betterment of mankind.

aloha_snakbar's picture

The EPA causes cancer...

Elco the Constitutionalist's picture
Elco the Constitutionalist (not verified) Mar 14, 2017 8:49 PM

A couple undergrad courses in chemistry and biology is all you need to understand how likely it is carcinogenic.

habitualminer's picture

This calls for aerial spraying of Roundup on D.C.  Takes care of multiple problems unless it doesn't cause cancer.

MuffDiver69's picture

2009 and 2015 are the dates in article....Obama spreads cancer. Muslim traitor confirmed. He also paid less taxes then Trump in 2005...ahahahaha

LN's picture

Roundup, it's what's for dinner.

Good fer what ailes ya!


JailBanksters's picture

Has anybody worked out why the Bee population is dwindeling ?


Borat Sagdiyev's picture

Still up for debate but there's a probable cause(s).

DuneCreature's picture

If everyone only knew what glyphosate soaked down crops were doing to their children's guts they would storm Monsanto head quarters building in Saint Louis and drag every Monsanto employee into the street for a little talk.

This is like PedoGate from the inside out.

The crops may be Roundup Ready but your kid's intestines sure aren't.

Live Hard, Monsanto Corp Is Like Tumors-R-Us Inc, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

LN's picture

Most wheat is desiccated by spraying Roundup on it a week or so before harvest.  It improves crop yield.  Your kids are dying, so what, we're talking profits HERE!


Edit to add: 5.0 already?

DuneCreature's picture

Correct-o-mend-a for all the above replies.

Yep, they have talked the farmers into spraying even non-Roundup Ready crops just before harvest. It saves them a grain drying cycle or two. ..... The Moncrap is in everything!

And thanks for the tips too. .. Ms Creature and I are all over trying to stay as organic as we possibly can. .. It is getting harder every year. Monsanto is doing the full court press to trash every last item on the grocery store shelf. ...... Soon all we'll be buying there is coffee.

Live Hard, Permaculture Is Good To Practice Too, Less Work, Die Free

~ DC v 5.0 (you have to keep upgrading your stick or your shit goes flat)

LN's picture

"~ DC v 5.0 (you have to keep upgrading your stick or your shit goes flat)"

Typical DC, thanks, love reading your posts.


Ms No's picture

This pharmaceutical grade pro-biotic can regrow all the natural bacteria that glyphosate and antibiotics kills off.  This is the brand doctors prescribe often and you might have to hunt for it.  You can get in without a script.  Most of those expensive store brands are DOA.  Also if somebody already has gut issues already (inflammation, food allergies any gut problems) slippery elm bark tea or supplement will coat everything so that it can heal.  Drink or take that in the morning.  They call it heal and seal.

Gut physiology is linked to: Type one diabetes, Lupus, MS, Crones, fibro myalgia, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, kidney problems allergies, general inflammation, and and on... 

northern vigor's picture

One of the greatest things to help cure gut issues is a mug of warm water each morning first thing, with a spoonful of raw buckwheat honey mixed in. Honey is a great cure for external skin problems when skin cuts refuse to works inside the gut the same way. 


Krungle's picture

"The problem, of course, is that the kooky conspiracy theories always prove to be completely accurate."

Ms No's picture

Most of them did except for  But who knows maybe they were doing something there too.  They never spend big money on anything to bring peace and prosperity to the world.  Not for a damn long time anyway.

ThreeRs's picture

HAARP was supposedly shut down.


No one mentioned the portable HAARP arrays that were developed before they did.

Rufus Temblor's picture

Government colludes with chemical manufacturers to poison us. Government colludes with Wall Street to rob our savings, via money printing. Government colludes with tech companies to destroy our privacy. I think there's a pattern here.

Ms No's picture

You think people would have figured all of this out when they started putting absolutely toxic fluoride in our drinking water.  San Diego put up a huge fight but in the end they lost because the state of California was going to fine San Diego into the ground if they did not comply.  We know the US gov sprayed the St Louis area with radiation to see what happened.  They tested diseases on prisoners.

The writing has been on the wall for a very long time but people are idiots.

Trucker Glock's picture

Poison everywhere

ALERT: Certified Organic Food Grown in U.S. Found Contaminated with Glyphosate Herbicide

tip e. canoe's picture

check out the honey studies.  

Sadly, in an internal email obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, another FDA researcher complained that no honey (even “organic mountain honey”) appeared to be free of glyphosate

GoldHermit's picture

Oh dear... was that an Obama appointee?

crazyirishdad's picture

Just called dan jenkins cell number told him i hoped that he enjoyed bubba in prison. i hope he answers his voice mail.

Mena Arkansas's picture

Although there were transient Jews in the colony, the first recorded settler was Isaac Rodriguez Monsanto, a Dutch-born merchant who had taken his brothers and sisters to Curaçao before moving his headquarters to New Orleans in 1757. Between 1757 and 1769 Monsanto conducted successful business operations with settlers and merchants throughout Louisiana, the Illinois country, Atlantic and Caribbean ports, and Europe. In 1769, when Monsanto and his family and associates were expelled from New Orleans under the rigorous Spanish rule of Governor Alejandro O'Reilly, who invoked the first provision of the Code Noir for their expulsion, the Monsantos took refuge in British West Florida, but all gradually filtered back into Spanish Louisiana. The Monsantos, born Jewish, all participated in the rituals of the Protestant and Catholic churches without baptism.

In 1757 Isaac Monsanto, a Sephardic Jew born in the Netherlands arrives in New Orleans by way of Curacao establishing himself as a merchant and engaging in the business of shipping slaves and cargo from the Caribbean to the Gulf of Mexico. In 1767 Monsanto purchased a plantation known as Trianon outside of New Orleans. By the time the second Spanish governor took control in 1769, expelling the Jews from Louisiana, Isaac Monsanto had become one of New Orleans' wealthiest merchants.

Ms No's picture

I am about done warning people about anything and I suggest others do the same.  When have they ever listened?  When have people ever done anything but abuse you for trying to inform them?  When has it ever done anything but cost you dearly for trying, only to have them go off the cliff anyway?  I couldn't even convince my own best friend not to lose her ass on an overpriced house with an adjustable rate before the first housing collapse. 

How many things have you known 10-30 years before it comes out?  How were you treated when you floated those ideas?  My late high school years and weren't too fun because of that.  I was a pariah and they turned on me like rabid wolves.  I was right about all of it and all the information was already available although sparse.  I have only benefitted a few times financially off of it either.  We are lucky they didn't start the forced committing of people over Sept 11.  Fuck em, let them eat it.  They wont listen anyway. 

techpriest's picture

In my case, my approach is "when the student is ready, the master appears." I spend my time learning, and when someone appears to be open to a new idea, *then* I share what I am thinking.

Otherwise, it's why millenials call a "flame war," arguing with no hope of resolution, and really just arguing for the fun of it.

spanish inquisition's picture

Red potatoes in Minnesota are desiccated. If you don't grow it.....

P'Od_Accountant's picture

this is enough right here to strip the corporate status of monsanto as it clearly not serving the public good.  strip them of their legal shield and make all their shareholders and management PERSONALLY and financially responible for their business wrongdoings.

Stinkbug 1's picture

Almost all non-organic grain crops are sprayed with roundup right before harvest because it was discovered to be an excellent dessicant, or drying agent, and increases harvest.

Meanwhile we wonder why we see sick and obese people everywhere we look....  glyphosate wipes out gut bacteria,  the basis of health, and proper digestion.  Don't want to be like 'them'?  Don't eat their food, don't drink their water, think for yourself, move your body: run, dance, create, celebrate.

Also just to note, Big Chem spews propaganda trying to discredit organics, to make us give up hope that there is something better than their chemical laden crap. Don't beleive it. Grow your own everything if possible, if not, support organic farmers to the best of your ability. 

crazyirishdad's picture

i guess banana land is on our shores also.....

ThanksIwillHaveAnother's picture

Monsanto also said Glyphosate would degrade quickly.   We know now it takes ~3 years for a GMO field to rid itself of the chemicals and go Organic.    Plants aren't just sprayed with it but they take up Glyphosate (a strong chelator of minerals) from the soil too.  Ban all GMO and associated chemicals before it is too late.   Appendix cancer rate is increasing materially which is not surprising since the Appendix stores good bacteria to reseed the colon and Glyphosate attacks it causing dysfunction and eventually cancer.  Ring up the profits in ag and health care!   

Stinkbug 1's picture

Lobbyist claims Monsanto's Roundup safe enough to drink, then refuses to drink it:

northern vigor's picture

The Round Up sprayed on wheat to dessicate it one week before harvest is bad enough. But then we use corn with  Bt pesticide spliced into the corn plant,  and Round Up Ready soybeans into the rest of our food. Soy is chocked full of hormones resembling estrogen that grows tits on boys and increases ovarian cysts in women. 

Proponents for Monsanto say it will help feed the world. Who cares if we all die from cancer at 60?

Daddio7's picture

Everyone "knows" roundup causes cancer, really? Any peer reviewed studies? Anyone?

Red potatoes are desiccated to stop the plant from growing because small reds bring more money. Whites are desiccated to make the skins set. I always used diquat. It will do a number on your lungs if you breathe a lot of it, the label says so.

I sprayed both products for years, 65 and no cancer yet. Fried my arms in the Florida sun for years before it occurred to me to put an umbrella on my tractor, no skin cancer either.


northern vigor's picture

I don't know why you are growing potatoes...Man, you should be down at the local sperm bank everyday helping to save mankind.

mary mary's picture

Everybody's DNA is different.  We may end up with only a Roundup-resistant strain of humans.  I wonder how many bankers have Roundup-resistant DNA....