Monsanto, in an attempt to ensure another license for its best-selling Roundup weedkiller in the EU, is on the attack with a smear campaign against scientists who have taken a stand over the biotech monster’s cancer-causing agrochemical.
Monsanto is working feverishly to discredit the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) who declared glyphosate, the key ingredient in Roundup weedkiller, to “probably” cause cancer in humans. The 2015 declaration by the IARC led to health professionals, activists, and environmentalists calling for a total ban of the ubiquitous weedkiller, which has been detected in air and rain samples and the breast milk of nursing mothers.
The French Ecology Ministry has notably banned the weedkiller in its nurseries, gardens, and other green spaces.
Unfortunately, the European Chemical Agency is clearly in bed with Monsanto as they have adamantly stated that glyphosate should not be classified as a carcinogen despite both the IARC’s findings, as well as a growing public opposition with more than 1.3 million people signing a petition put forth by the Stop Glyphosate activism organization.
Speaking out against the EU’s possible decision to re-license Monsanto’s weedkiller for another ten years is Alexis Baden-Mayer, Political Director of Organic Consumer’s Association. Baden-Mayer sat down with Radio Sputnik to express the catastrophic outcome for both farmers and consumers if the EU’s decision is favorable to Monsanto.
“Thousands of farmers and farm workers who have used Monsanto’s Roundup have developed cancer as a result. But, it’s also dangerous in the levels found in foods like Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, which we recently tested for glyphosate. Small amounts of Roundup in food can kill our gut bacteria, damaging our digestion, damaging our immune system and also can cause chronic liver disease at these small amounts.”
Baden-Mayer went on to say, “The facts are very clear, we have the many farm workers and farmers who have developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma and we also have the lab evidence that shows that Monsanto’s Roundup is geno-toxic and how it creates that cancer that we’ve seen in these populations.”
The IARC, which is a division of the World Health Organization, is a highly respected agency that is on the forefront of cancer research. According to Baden-Mayer, the IARC’s ruling on glyphosate is “an airtight decision and now they [Monsanto] are trying to damage the reputation of certain scientists who quite clearly have perfect reputations and they’re trying to do that with science that they’ve manufactured themselves, that they’ve paid for, ghostwritten, that they’ve used political pressure especially in the US, to influence decisions from agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency.”
Monsanto claims the IARC cherry-picked research to obtain their decision and that the agency overlooked one study that claimed glyphosate is safe. In retaliation, Monsanto is now seeking an external investigation into the IARC’s cancer determination protocol.
“They [Monsanto] are clearly trying to muster some type of evidence that would counteract this finding that Roundup causes cancer. But, I don’t think they’re going to be able to do that. But I think it’s very difficult for government bodies to go against the corporations so it’s going to require a lot of public pressure and support for real science in order to make sure that the EU hears the real evidence and can stand up to the powerful corporations,” states Alexis Baden-Mayer.