"Are millions suffering needlessly because the EPA hid the dangers of Roundup?"
The EPA hid Monsanto’s secret studies on Roundup for years, until scientist Anthony Samsel, with the assistance of his US Senator, pried it out of the agency. He discovered that animals fed even small amounts of glyphosate [Roundup’s declared active ingredient] ended up with cancer and tumors in virtually every organ and gland. Did we really have to wait till last year’s declaration by the World Health Organization that glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen?
Even when contacting your senators by email, you should include your postal mailing address. Let them know your concerns about the health risks of GMOs and glyphosate (Roundup). Ask them to refer to the April 25th edition of the Hill and go to ResponsibleTechnology.org/references for access to all three articles published in the Hill including "America's Favorite Poison", and both Part I and II of "The Great GMO Cover-up."
Every 15 years, pesticides come up for review by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Last year, 2015, was the year the EPA was supposed to review and either renew, or reject, glyphosate.
We’re still waiting. Meanwhile, glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, was as ubiquitous in the media this week as it is in our environment—and on our food.
As OCA, Friends of the Earth, Moms Across America and other groups planned our May 4 petition delivery (over half a million signatures) to EPA officials in Washington D.C., asking the agency to reject the renewal of glyphosate, the EPA was busy posting—then un-posting—documents the agency will use to justify its final, and presumably Monsanto-friendly, decision. From Politico:
The EPA on Monday [May 2] posted online and then removed an October 2015 final report http://src.bna.com/eAi
from its Cancer Assessment Review Committee, which is made up of staff, that concluded glyphosate is "not likely to be carcinogenic to humans."
The move prompted House Committee on Science Space and Technology Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) to fire off a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. In the letter, according to Politico, Smith said that the decision to yank the report "raises questions about the agency's motivation in providing a fair assessment of glyphosate."
“EPA’s determination that glyphosate is non-carcinogenic is disappointing, but not terribly surprising — industry has been manipulating this process for years,” said Nathan Donley, a scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity. “The analysis done by the World Health Organization is more open and transparent and remains the gold standard.”
In other glyphosate news this week? Quaker Oats faces a class action lawsuit for being “deceptive and misleading” after glyphosate is detected in its oatmeal. Members of the European Parliament call for the European Commission to rethink plans to renew glyphosate in the EU.
My view point, I think, Monsanto sees the writing on the wall and wants to sell. This has been their MO for the life of the company. They create a product and would exit, anyway they could prior to having to be accountable for their criminal activities: selling a product that harmed people. They went bankrupt many times example: after their PCB pipes were found to be causing skin and liver cancer etc. They also didn't have to clean up the environment, that they polluted. then Then they would resurrect themselves and bring a new harmful product to market.
Once we get labeling and the connection with Roundup and cancer can then be proved, will Bayer be holding the bag?
Is this a move to not be held accountable for Monsanto's crimes against humanity?
Ban Bayer products!
Last edited by Rachel; May 21st, 2016 at 08:04 AM.
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