Story at-a-glance –
- Evidence now suggests taxpayers’ money has been used to shield Monsanto and other pesticide companies from liability and obstruct consumers’ ability to prove damages
- Jess Rowland, former associate director of EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs, appears to have aided and protected Monsanto’s interests; legal teams are now requesting he be ordered to supply information about his work to ascertain quid pro quo relationships
- Rowland’s post-EPA work includes consulting for three chemical companies and that work involves a chemical in all three instances. All three companies are also close associates of Monsanto
By Dr. Mercola
Conspiracy — “a secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful.” Discussing conspiracies is one of the fastest ways to be labeled a nut job, but the fact of the matter is that conspiracies do happen. And, by definition, conspiracies typically involve and result in something that is far from honorable or life-saving.
Toxic industries have a long history of conspiring against the public good, and lately we’ve been seeing more and more proof of this reality in regard to toxic pesticides. Of course, I’m talking about glyphosate, and Roundup in particular — Monsanto’s flagship product. Over the years, Monsanto has been accused of — and in some cases found guilty of — lying about and/or covering up the harmful effects of Roundup.
Then, in 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a research arm of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the “gold standard” in carcinogenicity research, found glyphosate is a “probable human carcinogen.”1,2
Since then, lawsuits have mounted against the chemical giant. More than 60 plaintiffs are currently suing Monsanto claiming Roundup caused or contributed to their non-Hodgkin lymphoma.3,4 (Since its release in 1970, 700 people have sued Monsanto, alleging Roundup caused their non-Hodgkin lymphoma.5