How Big Ag Whitewashes The Truth About Pesticide Danger

Approximately 300 million pounds of Roundup are applied on U.S. farmland every year. Glyphosate, the chemical name for Roundup, has been shown to be a carcinogen with evidence linking the pesticide to Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, not to mention other serious health-related issues suffered by those who have to work spraying the chemical and those working in the fields to harvest.

Despite the dangers of this chemical, the EPA has ignored the evidence and has even colluded with Monsanto, giving it advance notice of unfavorable studies so that Monsanto could prepare its own studies to contradicted the findings of the International Agency for Research on Cancer report.

Another pesticide that falls under the radar is Chlorpyrifos. Manufactured by Dow Chemical, it, has been shown to cause neuro-developmental problems in children and had been banned for household use because of its known danger. And although the pesticide was scheduled to be banned for crop use, Dow cut a deal with the EPA, apparently having nothing to do with a million dollar donation to Trump’s inaugural fund, and the scheduled ban evaporated – which should be no surprise considering the head of the EPA, Scott Pruitt, previously sued the EPA challenging laws that would have protected the public from industrial and environmental pollution.

This, and more unsettling facts about the way Big Ag is poisoning us can be found in Carey Gillam’s book: Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science.

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