Did our federal government hand Monsanto a license to kill?

Just this summer, the EPA made an announcement that stunned scientists everywhere.

The agency claimed it couldn’t find any “convincing evidence” that glyphosate – the main ingredient in Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup – disrupts your hormones.

That meant it couldn’t possibly cause birth defects. Or cancer. Or diabetes. Or many of the other diseases it’s already been linked to.

It seemed impossible to believe. And that’s because that’s exactly what it is — impossible.

A shocking new investigation has revealed the real truth about the so-called research the EPA used to come to this impossible conclusion.

And it’s starting to look an awful lot like Monsanto and the Feds may have worked together to orchestrate a sham scientific review.

One designed to make Monsanto billions while forcing a potential killer on all of us.

Fudging facts and figures
At this point if there’s anyone outside EPA or Monsanto headquarters who thinks glyphosate is safe, they’re getting awfully hard to find.

I’ve been warning you for years how glyphosate – which is sprayed all over genetically-modified (GMO) crops – has been linked to everything from tumors to severe organ damage.

And just this spring, the World Health Organization declared that it probably causes cancer in humans.

So how in the world did our government end up deciding glyphosate is somehow safe for you and your family? Well, a group of journalists decided they wanted to know the answer to that question, too – and what they uncovered was practically criminal.

Reporters from The Intercept, an online investigative news site, filed Freedom of Information Act requests to see the actual science the EPA used to make its decision.

And they discovered that nearly all the studies the EPA used were industry funded, most by Monsanto.

That’s right – our government relied on “science” submitted by the very company that’s making billions off of glyphosate sales. That’s a lot like asking the fox to keep an eye on the hen house.

And it looks like a lot of this so-called science was just about as trustworthy as that old fox would be.

You see, when some of the industry-funded researchers found information pointing to serious risks with glyphosate, they chose to sweep it under the rug.

For example, studies found that when mice were exposed to glyphosate, the number of cases of pancreatic cancer spiked and the birth weight for fetuses dropped. But the researchers declared glyphosate safe anyway.

Safe? Tell that to those unlucky mice.

Even worse, one of the studies submitted to the EPA was four decades old! There’s not a serious medical journal in America that would have accepted it.

Of course, the EPA will claim it kept a critical eye on those industry-sponsored studies to make sure they were on the up-and-up. And if you buy that bull they’ve got a couple of bridges they’d like to sell you too.

Listen, this isn’t the first time the EPA has been seen scratching the back of big industry.

In fact Doug Gurian Sherman, a former staff scientist at the EPA, says it’s a common practice to turn a blind eye towards ”perfectly good” studies while cherry picking industry-sponsored research to use instead.

And it’s not hard to figure out why. Powerful companies like Monsanto employ a small army of lobbyists that specialize in convincing Congress, the White House, and just about every federal agency in existence to do their bidding.

But there’s one thing Monsanto’s billions can’t buy, and that’s the truth.

And there’s a growing mountain of research proving that no matter what our bought-and-paid for government agencies, or their masters at Monsanto, say you shouldn’t let hormone disrupting glyphosate — or the GMOs it’s sprayed on — anywhere near your family.

 

 

Sources:
“EPA used Monsanto’s research to give Roundup a pass” Sharon Lerner, November 3, 2015, The Intercept, theintercept.com