‘Monsanto knew about Roundup cancer danger, covered up’


Dutch anti-Monsanto demonstrators in 2013. Photo HH/Michiel Wijnbergh

This photo shows Dutch anti-Monsanto demonstrators in 2013. Their banner says, translated ‘Monsanto cancer corporation!’. It mentions toxic Monsanto products, like Agent Orange, used in the Vietnam war, and Roundup weed killer.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Million fine for Monsanto, ‘Company knew for years of possible Roundup hazard’

Chemical company Monsanto already got signals in the 1990s that use of the controversial weed killer Roundup can be carcinogenic, as shown by internal correspondence of the corporation. A judge has now presented the bill.

The documents, which are now known as the ‘Monsanto papers‘, were revealed in claims claim cases such as those of 46-year-old Dewayne Johnson. For many years he was a gardener at a school and frequently came into contact with Roundup unprotectedly.

He started the case because he says he got lymph gland cancer by glyphosate, one of the active ingredients of the pesticide. A jury in the American state of California put him in the right. He has been awarded a compensation of 289 million dollars in total.

The ‘Monsanto papers’ provide a remarkable insight into the chemical industry, [Dutch journalist] Harmsen knows. Thus it appears that Monsanto not only knew about the possible negative effects of the product on humans. The American company tried to hide everything pointing in that direction.

‘Scientific studies’

The internal documents also show that the company wants to ‘fight’ independent studies that point out the risks of Roundup. To undermine these, employees of the company also wrote – in the greatest secret – as ghost writers, ‘scientific’ studies that claimed the opposite.

“The correspondence within the company shows that Monsanto received warnings in the 1990s that Roundup might be carcinogenic”, says Harmsen. “Then a scientist hired by the company said there were indications that the product could cause damage. Monsanto kept that secret, and the cooperation with the scientist was eventually stopped.”

Carcinogenic

For decades, Monsanto has acted to the outside world as if it knew nothing. Also in 2015, when the World Health Organization said after research that glyphosate is ‘probably carcinogenic’, the company continued to deny it in vehemently. In fact, Monsanto put researchers at the institute under pressure. The Monsanto papers show that the company wanted to create ‘indignation’ about the study by the World Health Organization.

Despite the opposing voices, glyphosate was admitted again in the European Union for five years at the end of 2017. …

But according to Harmsen, Monsanto was involved in these studies [that caused the European Union to have that pro-Monsanto decision] in an unethical way. …

Alarm bells

They saw that in the European Parliament as well. After hearing about the Monsanto papers, alarm bells have started ringing, and a committee has been set up. It is now examining how approval of the pesticide has been achieved in Europe. An outcome of that study is expected in December.

Monsanto still denying Roundup weedkiller causes cancer despite massive payout: here.

Honey bees exposed to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, lose some of the beneficial bacteria in their guts and are more susceptible to infection and death from harmful bacteria. Scientists believe this is evidence that glyphosate might be contributing to the decline of honey bees and native bees around the world: here.

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  2. GERMANY: Chemicals giant Bayer says it has sold off some Monsanto assets as required by competition regulators and is now ready to integrate the agricultural corporation into its structures.

    This means it will now “become actively involved in defence efforts” related to Monstanto’s Roundup weedkiller, it said.

    Monsanto was ordered to pay $289 million in damages last week to Dewayne Johnson, a school groundkeeper who developed terminal cancer after long use of Roundup, which Monsanto denies is carcinogenic.

    https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/world-brief-august-17-2018

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  5. In a few days, Avaaz will face down Monsanto in court — they’re trying to get access to all our emails and communications! But they’ve just lost a major court battle showing their pesticides cause cancer. Now is our chance to deal them another defeat — help us prepare:

    Dear Avaazers,

    We’ve been hit with a 168-page court subpoena from Monsanto.

    We have only days until we’re in court, and they “command” us to hand over every private email, note, or record we have on Monsanto’s chief poison — including the names and email addresses of hundreds of staff, activists, farmers and other allies!!

    This is big. They’re a $50 billion mega-corporation, infamous for legal strong-arm tactics like this. They have unlimited resources. If they get their hands on all of our private information, there’s no telling what they’ll use it for.

    So we’re going to fight this. Because Monsanto may have unlimited resources to intimidate, but Avaaz has unlimited people power, and our members just aren’t afraid.

    Our court hearing is just days away — donate to help defend our movement, and let’s send Monsanto a message — every time they come at us, they’ll only make us stronger —

    I’LL DONATE €2
    I’LL DONATE €4
    I’LL DONATE €8
    I’LL DONATE €16
    I’LL DONATE €32
    OTHER AMOUNT

    We’ve had to urgently hire a team of outstanding lawyers to go up against Monsanto’s best. Just fighting this subpoena (read it here) is costly, and it could be just the beginning.

    We don’t know Monsanto’s plan, but we know one reason why this is coming — Avaaz has repeatedly beaten Monsanto in huge regulatory battles, including blocking the long-term relicensing of glyphosate, the herbicide that is the cornerstone of their chemical empire. We’re winning. So they’re changing the game.

    The subpoena indicates that Monsanto needs all our private information to fight class-action lawsuits against them claiming that their glyphosate caused people’s cancer. If that seems absurd to you, you’re not alone. But they’ve gotten the authority of a US court behind them, and we urgently need the best lawyers behind us. Donate to help defend Avaaz, and let’s send a message of defiance to Monsanto:

    There aren’t many corporations in the world that are more powerful than Monsanto. The fact that we really can defeat them, shows just how real our movement’s people power has become. If we stick together, with hope and determination, we really CAN change the world!

    With hope and determination,

    Ricken, Emma, Fatima, Danny, Hui-Ting, Spyro, Marigona and the entire Avaaz team

    More information:

    Glyphosate — Crushed it!! (Avaaz)
    https://secure.avaaz.org/en/nothing_we_cant_do/

    Campaign group Avaaz calls on EU to block Bayer’s Monsanto deal (Reuters)
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-monsanto-m-a-bayer-eu/campaign-group-avaaz-calls-on-eu-to-block-bayers-monsanto-deal-idUSKBN1A922S

    Monsanto’s Harvest of Fear (Vanity Fair)
    https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2008/05/monsanto200805

    Patients: Roundup gave us cancer as EPA official helped the company (CNN)
    https://www.cnn.com/2017/05/15/health/roundup-herbicide-cancer-allegations/index.html/

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    • Our big day in court is just days away! Help us prepare:

      Dear Avaazers,

      We’ve been hit with a 168-page court subpoena from Monsanto.

      We have only days until we’re in court, and they “command” us to hand over every private email, note, or record we have on Monsanto’s chief poison — including the names and email addresses of hundreds of staff, activists, farmers and other allies!!

      This is big. They’re a $50 billion mega-corporation, infamous for legal strong-arm tactics like this. They have unlimited resources. If they get their hands on all of our private information, there’s no telling what they’ll use it for.

      So we’re going to fight this. Because Monsanto may have unlimited resources to intimidate, but Avaaz has unlimited people power, and our members just aren’t afraid.

      Our court hearing is just days away — donate to help defend our movement, and let’s send Monsanto a message — every time they come at us, they’ll only make us stronger —

      I’LL DONATE €2
      I’LL DONATE €4
      I’LL DONATE €8
      I’LL DONATE €16
      I’LL DONATE €32
      OTHER AMOUNT

      We’ve had to urgently hire a team of outstanding lawyers to go up against Monsanto’s best. Just fighting this subpoena (read it here) is costly, and it could be just the beginning.

      We don’t know Monsanto’s plan, but we know one reason why this is coming — Avaaz has repeatedly beaten Monsanto in huge regulatory battles, including blocking the long-term relicensing of glyphosate, the herbicide that is the cornerstone of their chemical empire. We’re winning. So they’re changing the game.

      The subpoena indicates that Monsanto needs all our private information to fight class-action lawsuits against them claiming that their glyphosate caused people’s cancer. If that seems absurd to you, you’re not alone. But they’ve gotten the authority of a US court behind them, and we urgently need the best lawyers behind us. Donate to help defend Avaaz, and let’s send a message of defiance to Monsanto:

      I’LL DONATE €2
      I’LL DONATE €4
      I’LL DONATE €8
      I’LL DONATE €16
      I’LL DONATE €32
      OTHER AMOUNT

      There aren’t many corporations in the world that are more powerful than Monsanto. The fact that we really can defeat them, shows just how real our movement’s people power has become. If we stick together, with hope and determination, we really CAN change the world!

      With hope and determination,

      Ricken, Emma, Fatima, Danny, Hui-Ting, Spyro, Marigona and the entire Avaaz team

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      • Dear Avaazers,

        Our hearing just ended, and the judge absolutely DESTROYED Monsanto’s subpoena on Avaaz!!!!

        He said the subpoena would have a “tremendous chilling effect”, saying “no member would want to have their privacy and their activity known” and actually gave Monsanto a lecture on democracy and free speech!!

        Avaaz members in the courtroom spontaneously broke into applause and huge smiles at his words. Here’s a quick video filmed minutes ago from our Campaign Director Iain Keith on the steps of the courthouse:

        This subpoena was terrifying and would have had Avaaz spend months and hundreds of thousands of euros digging up and handing over to Monsanto everything anyone on our team ever said or wrote about them for YEARS. Including even the email addresses and identities of our members who had sent messages to officials about Monsanto!

        Even worse, lawyers told us that courts in New York tend to AUTOMATICALLY GRANT requests like this! Because usually, more info means more justice.

        But then our community got involved. Over 200,000 of us donated, and we hired the best lawyer in the business — Andrew Celli, who has taken on cases like this before and won. He and his team worked with the Avaaz team to write a ridiculously great takedown of the Monsanto subpoena. It’s long and legalistic, but if you speak that language, it’s a thing of beauty — you can read it here.

        Monsanto flew in a top lawyer, a man who’s defended everything from asbestos to lead and arsenic. But between our briefs, and the powerful oral arguments, the judge was convinced, and took the incredibly RARE step of throwing out the ENTIRE subpoena!!! Normally they just narrow the scope of the subpoena to something more reasonable, but the judge couldn’t find anything reasonable in Monsanto’s claims about Avaaz!

        Avaaz members, team and lawyers celebrating on the courthouse steps!

        It’s a moment to celebrate, but it may not be over.

        Monsanto can still appeal, or come at us another way. But we’ve got an amazing win and precedent set, and an amazing legal team, and as ever, an amazing movement that will stand by, stand up, and speak truth to power when it threatens.

        The purpose of these big legal attacks is to scare us. I have tears right now as I think about how, with the Avaaz community at our back, I really don’t have to fear stuff like this. Because even the most powerful actors in this world, are not more powerful than the truth, than the power of good people coming together to work for everything we love, than the power of all of us in this incredible movement.

        With immense gratitude,
        Ricken and the whole Avaaz team.

        PS – in another amazing example of our movement, an Avaaz member wrote in in response to our fundraiser, suggesting that the team reach out to Bayer, who are buying Monsanto, to ask them to drop this attack. He then took the initiative to write personally to both me and the CEO of Bayer. The CEO of Bayer actually called him hours later, saying he’d love to talk to me! So, we’re talking on Monday. No idea yet what will come of it, but another example of the ridiculously wonderful movement that we get to be part of. Thanks so much to everyone for being you.

        Avaaz is a 47-million-person global campaign network that works to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people shape global decision-making. (“Avaaz” means “voice” or “song” in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz’s biggest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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