November 16, 2015 - Monsanto Hid Glyphosate Toxicity Evidence for 40 Years


 Monsanto Hid Glyphosate Toxicity Evidence for 40 Years

Monday, November 16, 2015 - Anthony Samsel, an independent research scientist, procured some 15,000 pages worth of documents from Monsanto covering the full gamut of research on Roundup, the most widely used herbicide in the world. The information contained in those pages isn't pretty. In essence, Monsanto has known for nearly 40 years that Roundup and glyphosate are linked to organ damage and cancer, yet this information was withheld from public purview as "proprietary trade secrets."

As a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), Samsel has spent much of his career life studying the toxicological effects and bioactivity of Roundup. Based on a cohort of scientific data, he has come to the conclusion that Monsanto purposely failed to submit to regulators evidence showing that glyphosate isn't as safe or biodegradable as the company claims. Monsanto misrepresented the data and deliberately covered up data to bring the product [glyphosate] to market.

According to Samsel, Monsanto intentionally corrupted animal studies by using animals that were already sick with cancer and organ failures as controls. Based on the metrics used in these studies, this made those animals exposed to glyphosate appear no more afflicted than the control animals because all of the animals ended up getting sick.

“Monsanto routinely includes what it says are "extraneous studies" to hide or cancel out negative outcomes in other studies and make a particular chemical or GMO product appear safe when it actually isn't. In effect, glyphosate received licensure based upon a platform of junk tobacco science," the report explains. "By ignoring cause and effect relationships behind the onset of multiple cancer and other life-threatening diseases throughout many of its research trials, Monsanto engaged in a radical scientific denialism that has since raked in tens of billions of dollars."

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