The World Health Organization’s declaration that the herbicide glyphosate is a “probable human carcinogen” in spring 2015 set off a wave of panic among not just Monsanto but also government agencies.
The controversial chemical is widely used, especially in the United States and in Monsanto’s Roundup product, and there’s an awful lot of money tied up in it by our agricultural system. That means that governing bodies have a lot of tough decisions to make as the chemical continually comes up for re-approval and the merits of the WHO declaration are debated.
Monsanto insists glyphosate doesn’t cause cancer but leaked documents show the company knew of increased cancer risks decades ago, and other critics question the EPA’s use of potentially biased Monsanto-linked studies to determine whether it’s safe or not.
Now a recent development is casting even more suspicion on Monsanto, chemical corporations and Biotech’s possible influence on the EPA.
Glyphosate Report Mysteriously Pulled
In a recent article by EcoWatch, it was revealed that the EPA had finally released its long-awaited report on the WHO declaration, only to mysteriously pull it from circulation (check out the full article here).
As the article notes:
The House Science, Space and Technology Committee is questioning why the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted and then suddenly pulled its highly anticipated risk assessment of glyphosate, the main ingredient in weedkillers such as Monsanto’s flagship herbicide Roundup.
On April 29, the EPA’s Cancer Assessment Review Committee published a report online about glyphosate concluding that the chemical is not likely carcinogenic to humans. However, even though it was marked “Final” and was signed by 13 members of CARC, the report disappeared from the website three days later.
This situation is not unlike what’s been unfolding it Europe as political forces have clashed over whether glyphosate should be re-approved or not.
In this case the pulling of the report has many raising eyebrows:
Following the move, committee chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) sent a letter on March 4 to EPA administrator Gina McCarthy announcing that his committee is launching an investigation into the matter and is asking that the EPA provide all documents and communications related to the glyphosate study from Jan. 1, 2015 to present. He is giving the EPA until May 18 to provide this information.
According to the article activists are wondering what the reason for the delay is; speculation thus far is that the EPA may be seeking to protect Monsanto through the report, which contradicts the WHO’s report.
In addition, the Center for Biological Diversity has also issued a statement accusing the EPA of relying heavily on industry-funded studies that haven’t been properly scrutinized by the public in order to make its decision.
For more info, check out the original report by clicking here.