In a lawsuit brought by individuals who are suffering from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, claimed to have been caused by exposure to Roundup, unsealed court records show that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), tipped off Monsanto several months in advance of adverse findings that would be released in a report linking Roundup as a possible human carcinogen.
The advance notice gave Monsanto time to cook up “data” to refute the adverse report findings. In an email Monsanto executive William F. Heydens suggested company officials ghostwrite research on glyphosate (the chemical name for Roundup) and then hire academics willing to claim authorship of papers that were actually written by Monsanto. “We would be keeping the cost down by us doing the writing and they would just edit & sign their names so to speak.”
Of course Monsanto denies that Roundup poses any health threats; odd for a chemical designed to kill weeds, especially when its use has been shown to kill honeybees, Monarch butterfly larva, and other insects, and let us not forget that animals like birds and mice feed on these insects, which may end up poisoning them as well.
Perhaps even more serious is the question of why a governmental agency that is supposed to be protecting the public is colluding with Big Ag, and this is not the first time that the EPA has gone to the dark side.