The World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared that glyphosate—the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup and other pesticides—a “probable carcinogen.” What’s more: there is evidence to suggest that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) actually classified Roundup as a carcinogen thirty years ago and then mysteriously reversed the decision. Now, there’s a new advancement in the plot to uncover the truth about glyphosate. This time, there’s alleged evidence to suggest that, while Monsanto maintains that Roundup is safe and environmentally-friendly, the company may have conducted research dating back to the 1970s which showed that Roundup caused serious health issues. According to the scientists who are releasing this information to the public, Monsanto may have tampered with the evidence it sent to regulators.
An independent and well-known research scientist and member of the Union of Concerned Scientists, Anthony Samsel, attempted to obtain the research and data Monsanto submitted to the government through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) without success. He then enlisted the help of his senator and along with his co-investigator Dr. Stephanie Seneff at MIT. They successfully received over 15,000 pages of documents in response. Since reviewing the thousands of pages of Monsanto data, Samsel has come forward and stated in an interview with Dr. Gary Null on the Progressive Radio Network that “Monsanto misrepresented the data…and deliberately covered up data to bring the product [glyphosate] to market.”
According to the scientists’ assessment, Monsanto’s own research shows that glyphosate exposure is linked to: cancers of the pituitary gland, brain, heart, lungs, salivary glands, lymphatic glands, prostate, bladder, thyroid, adrenal glands and skin.
Independent research has shown that exposure to glyphosate is linked to many serious health problems. In an animal study conducted at the University of Caen, Institute of Biology, in Caen, France, researchers found a link between reproductive disorders and sterility and glyphosate-based pesticides.
Monsanto is also the biotechnology company behind the creation of Roundup Ready corn, or Bt corn, which is short for Bacillus thuringiensis—a type of bacteria whose genes are crossed with corn to create genetically-modified corn that produces glyphosate-based pesticides within every cell. This type of corn is found in many fast foods, packaged foods, and prepared foods in the form of corn niblets, corn starch, corn flour or high fructose corn syrup. This GMO corn has recently been found in children’s snack foods.
A recent study found in the Journal of Applied Toxicology found that Bt genes added to corn are not the inert substances the public has been led to believe. They also found that the GMO corn and the glyphosate it manufactures within cells can combine with other pesticide residues to cause potential health effects.
Last month a French court ruled for the second time that Monsanto is guilty of chemically poisoning a French farmer with another one of its pesticide products, known as “Lasso,” which is specifically used to destroy weeds and grasses. In the government’s own Health and Human Services Household Products Database, Lasso is listed as causing blindness, respiratory irritation, liver damage, eye nerve inflammation, jaundice, bladder inflammation and other serious health concerns.
If the scientists who are involved in exposing an alleged cover-up at Monsanto are correct, Monsanto needs to be subjected to a thorough investigation and its glyphosate products like Roundup and Roundup Ready corn eliminated from the market, not to mention the corrective actions that should arise if the company is found guilty of a decades-long cover-up.