In the 1970’s Monsanto had a manager, Dr. George Levinskas, who helped hide the carcinogenic potential of PCBs. It’s now been confirmed by court documents released by the U.S. District Court in San Francisco that the same doctor also influenced the EPA regarding the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate in the 1980’s. That’s a 30-year cover-up by Monsanto and the EPA. People, STOP BUYING PRODUCTS MADE BY THIS COMPANY. And while you’re at it, maybe stop blinding trusting the EPA.
When Monsanto’s animal toxicity studies on PCBs in the early 70s didn’t look good (tumors in rats) they sent in Levinskas, who wrote to the lab’s director: “May we request that the report be amended to say ‘does not appear to be carcinogenic’.” Not surprisingly, the final report dropped all references to tumors.
They would later use the now deceased Dr. Levinskas to hide glyphosate’s carcinogenic potential, too. In 1985 he wrote internal company letter, stating, “Senior management at the EPA is reviewing a proposal to classify glyphosate as a class C “possible human carcinogen” because of kidney adenomas in male mice. Dr. Marvin Kuschner will review kidney sections and present his evaluation of them to the EPA in an effort to persuade the agency that the observed tumors are not related to glyphosate.”
And just like that, Monsanto’s Roundup became the world’s most used herbicide. Very few farmers knew they were poisoning themselves, their families, their environment and everyone who bought their produce. Because they trusted Monsanto and the EPA.
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Currently, there are more than 50 lawsuits against Monsanto Co. pending in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, filed by people who allege that exposure to Roundup (whose main ingredient is glyphosate) “caused them or their loved ones to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma and that Monsanto covered up the risks.”
From the article:
“On March 13th, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria ruled — over Monsanto’s objections — that documents obtained by plaintiffs through discovery could be unsealed.
The documents released are a treasure trove of information on how Monsanto influenced the EPA to change the March 4, 1985 classification of glyphosate as a Class C Carcinogen – showing suggestive potential of carcinogenic potential – to a Class E category which suggests ‘evidence of non-carcinogenicity for humans’ in 1991.”
This thirty-year glyphosate cancer cover up is another failure by the U.S. government and the EPA and it’s put the health of everyone on the planet before Monsanto’s profit margin.
Shame. Shame. Shame.
Source: Sustainable Pulse