Monsanto May Have Forged Its Own Studies about Glyphosate Safety

The company that brought us Agent Orange, DDT and glyphosate (in its pesticide Roundup) now allegedly produces corrupt science. On Tuesday, a federal court unsealed documents that call into question the company’s research and safety practices. Monsanto, along with its industry-funded research, has long touted glyphosate as safe for use; however the court documents revealed a different story.

The records released in the San Francisco-based federal court case include Monsanto’s own internal emails as well as email traffic between the company and federal regulators. The records suggest that Monsanto may have ghostwritten the so-called “independent” research that was attributed to specific academics. As if potentially falsifying research isn’t sufficiently damning, the documents also indicate that a senior level official at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may have worked to bury a review of the safety of the company’s glyphosate-based products. It also appears to demonstrate disagreement within the regulatory body of its own safety assessments.

Judge Vince Chhabria unsealed the documents as part of a lawsuit against Monsanto by people alleging to have developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after exposure to glyphosate. The lawsuit reported on a determination by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, in which it cites research linking glyphosate to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and declaring glyphosate a “probable carcinogen.” The court documents showed that Monsanto was given notice by Jess Rowland, a deputy division director at the EPA, of the WHO determination months prior to its release.

Seemingly, as a result of the “heads up” from Rowland, Monsanto began a public campaign to bash the findings even prior to its release. According to internal email communications by Monsanto executives, Rowland promised to quash an effort by the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct its review of glyphosate safety.

According to reporting by the New York Times: Monsanto executive Dan Jenkins, wrote in reference to the agency’s potential review that Rowland told him, “If I can kill this, I should get a medal.” Incidentally, the safety review never took place. Another email cited that Rowland planned to retire and said he “could be useful as we move forward with ongoing glyphosate defense.”

This isn’t the first time that the federal regulator have been under the magnifying glass for its potentially corrupt practices when it comes to dealing with the biotech giant. Check out my blog, “EPA Classified Roundup as Carcinogen 30 Years Ago…but Mysteriously Reversed Decision.” It begs the questions: “why would these individuals risk their reputation and career? Could it be that there was something in it for them?” Considering my reports about the EPA’s decision reversal over 30 years ago, it also begs the question: “is there a legacy of corruption between regulators and Monsanto?”

The World Health Organization is not the only organization that found a correlation between glyphosate and cancer. Research published in the International Journal of Cancer found that their results “considerably strengthened” the link between non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and glyphosate. Research in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine also found a link between NHL and pesticide exposures, including glyphosate.

Since the WHO declaration and Monsanto’s apparent advance notice of its findings, other studies have been released that contradict the link. However, considering the suggestion that Monsanto has been “ghostwriting” studies, I eagerly await the results of the trial to learn which studies may have been influenced. It will probably come as no surprise that according to the New York Times, Monsanto claims that the studies it underwrites were not compromised.

But the new trial evidence suggests otherwise. In an email revealed on Tuesday, Monsanto executive William F. Heydens informed other Monsanto executives that “We would be keeping the cost down by us doing the writing and they would just edit & sign their names so to speak.” He appears to be referring to hiring academics to link their names on papers that were written by Monsanto and even refers to an example of this practice within the company.

This isn’t the first case of evidence implicating Big Agra in bastardizing scientific research as reports against corporate giant Syngenta have shown. As the lines between corporations, academics and regulators seem to be increasingly blurred, I can’t help but wonder how we can possibly trust industry-funded “science” and studies that have been written by the corporations themselves. From where I stand it seems that Big Agra has convinced itself that anything goes as long as profitability increases—including ethics breaches and conflicts of interest, not to mention the potential damage to the water and food supply, and animal and human lives.

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EPA Classified Roundup as Carcinogen 30 Years Ago…but Mysteriously Reversed Decision.


Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM is the publisher of the free e-news World’s Healthiest News, president of PureFood BC, and an international best-selling and 20-time published book author whose works include: Be Your Own Herbalist: Essential Herbs for Health, Beauty & Cooking.


Heather B
Heather B1 years ago

Nooooooo, Monsanto fudging test results and compromising health and the environment????Whoever thought it was a good idea to let the fox guard the hen house and vampires run the blood bank? I suggest for a better and more reliable test we take monsanto executives and their families and dip them in their safe products. bet they don't use roundup on their lawns. and for the so called academics who can be compromised for a buck, discharge them from their posts and purge their research results and withdraw their grants. And charge them all with crimes against humanity.

Melania P
Melania Padilla1 years ago

No surprises here, they are evil!

Danuta W
Danuta W2 years ago

Thanks for posting

heather g
heather g2 years ago

I couldn't read this because it's enough to know how awful Monsanto is because of the damage they do to the environment, to humans, insects and animals.

Julie D
Julie D2 years ago

I remember a few years ago a company was hired to test the effects of Monsanto's chemicals effect on bees. It found that they directly caused the bees to die in droves. Monsanto then bought that company, and had the tests done over again. The second set of tests interestingly enough showed exactly the opposite verdict. Monsanto corruption goes so deep and is so protected by our government and allowed to get away with it. It is sickening and infuriating that this is how they are allowed to operate..

Brad H
Brad H2 years ago


Margie F
Margie FOURIE2 years ago

To repeat myself, if no one buys Monsanto products, they will have to stop making them.

Carl R
Carl R2 years ago


Amanda G
Amanda G2 years ago

Thanks for posting

rosario p.
rosario p.2 years ago

So it is not surprising that academics will prostitute themselves for money and other gain, when it is supposed that Science is to search for the true reality of all things. It seems the ethic code of honesty will go to trash.......again.