By Treven Pyles
Posted on November 07th, 2018
For more than half a century, Monsanto has left a trail of tears all over the planet with their spray that keeps on killing. I have made it my life's mission to raise public awareness about how the active agent in Roundup can affect individuals' health, and therefore provide legal support to the victims.
Weeds and climate change are one of the biggest issues facing agriculture. Weeds are a pest that damage crops and ruin harvests. Therefore, Monsanto Co. started an agricultural revolution with its Roundup herbicide. The active agent in Roundup, glyphosate, was first discovered to be an herbicide in 1970 by John Franz, Monsanto chemist. The ability to kill weeds while leaving alluring crops intact helped the company turn Roundup's ingredient, the chemical glyphosate, into one of the world's most-used crop chemical. In the U.S., farmers spray every year, on overage, almost a pound of the herbicide glyphosate on every acre of cropland. The debut of Roundup Ready crops in 1996 changed farming and agricultural science. Today more than 90% of the U.S. soybean, corn, canola, and cotton acres use a biotech trait for herbicide tolerance.
Scientists involved in the glyphosate study say their results show that it poses a significant public health concern. According to recent research, glyphosate may be at least partially to blame for rising rates of numerous chronic diseases. The first uprising in Monsanto opened in 2015 when the International Agency for Research on Cancer labeled glyphosate a "probable carcinogen". But, when it comes to safety assessments, Monsanto claims that the herbicide's safety has repeatedly been vetted by outsiders. Furthermore, there have been disclosures about tactics used by Monsanto to undermine potential link between glyphosate and cancer. In the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, there are 580 lawsuits pending against Monsanto Co., filed by people declaring that exposure to Roundup herbicide caused them or their loved ones to develop lymphomas and that the company covered up the risks.
Emails unsealed in California lawsuit reveal that Monsanto engaged activities aimed at sabotaging efforts to evaluate a potential connection between glyphosate and cancer. The documents, mainly emails between Monsanto executives and researchers working for or connected with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, are dated between 1999 and 2016. The emails reveal the company's plans to initiate the scientific literature with a ghostwritten study and its efforts to delay and prevent U.S. government assessments of the product's safety. In addition, Monsanto was its own ghostwriter for some safety reviews. John Acquavella, a former Monsanto employee, stated that he can't be part of deceptive authorship on a publication in academic research. He also said of the way the company was trying to present the authorship: "We call that ghostwriting and it is unethical."
"No lie can live forever" as Martin Luther King Jr. liked to say, so the Monsanto secret documents and lies about the safety of its weed killer Roundup, have come up to light. A Monsanto Tribunal was formed to investigate. The judges agreed that "ecocide" should be recognized as a crime in international law, and also that Monsanto had violated human rights to food, health, and the freedom essential for independent scientific research.