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June 29, 2017

California to List Monsanto Herbicide as Cancer-Causing

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California to List Monsanto Herbicide as Cancer-Causing
By Karl Plume

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Reuters lyphosate, an herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto Co’s popular Roundup weed killer, will be added to California’s list of chemicals known to cause cancer effective July 7, the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) said on Monday.

Monsanto vowed to continue its legal fight against the designation, required under a state law known as Proposition 65, and called the decision “unwarranted on the basis of science and the law.” The listing is the latest legal setback for the seeds and chemicals company, which has faced increasing litigation over glyphosate since the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer said that it is “probably carcinogenic” in a controversial ruling in 2015.

Dicamba, a weed killer designed for use with Monsanto’s next generation of biotech crops, is under scrutiny in Arkansas after the state’s plant board voted last week to ban the chemical. OEHHA said the designation of glyphosate under Proposition 65 will proceed following an unsuccessful attempt by Monsanto to block the listing in trial court and after requests for stay were denied by a state appellate court and the CA Supreme Court.

Monsanto’s appeal of the trial court’s ruling is pending.”This is not the final step in the process, and it has no bearing on the merits of the case. We will continue to aggressively challenge this improper decision,” Scott Partridge, Monsanto’s vice president of global strategy, said.

Listing glyphosate as a known carcinogen under California’s Proposition 65 would require companies selling the chemical in the state to add warning labels to packaging. Warnings would also be required if glyphosate is being sprayed at levels deemed unsafe by regulators. Users of the chemical include landscapers, golf courses, orchards, vineyards and farms.

Monsanto and other glyphosate producers would have roughly a year from the listing date to re-label products or remove them from store shelves if further legal challenges are lost. Monsanto has not calculated the cost of any re-labeling effort and does not break out glyphosate sales data by state, Partridge said.

Environmental groups cheered OEHHA’s move to list the chemical. “California’s decision makes it the national leader in protecting people from cancer-causing pesticides,” said Nathan Donley, a senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity.

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April 25, 2017

Monsanto Tribunal: Our Report From the Hague

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Monsanto Tribunal: Our Report from The Hague

Most opinion tribunals have had a considerable impact, and it is now accepted that they contribute to the progressive development of international law. – International Monsanto Tribunal Advisory Opinion,
The Hague, April 18, 2017

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On Tuesday, April 18, representatives of the Organic Consumers Association and our Regeneration International project gathered in The Hague, Netherlands, along with members of civil society, scientists and journalists.

We assembled to hear the opinions of the five judges who presided over the International Monsanto Tribunal. After taking six months to review the testimony of 28 witnesses who testified during the two-day citizens’ tribunal held in The Hague last October, the judges were ready to report on their 53-page Advisory Opinion.

The upshot of the judges’ opinion? Monsanto has engaged in practices that have violated the basic human right to a healthy environment, the right to food, the right to health, and the right of scientists to freely conduct indispensable research.

The judges also called on international lawmakers to hold corporations like Monsanto accountable, to place human rights above the rights of corporations, and to “clearly assert the protection of the environment and establish the crime of ecocide.”

The completion of the Tribunal judges’ work coincides with heightened scrutiny of Monsanto, during a period when the company seeks to complete a merger with Germany-based Bayer. In addition to our organization’s recently filed lawsuit against Monsanto, the St. Louis-based chemical maker is facing more than 800 lawsuits by people who developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma after being exposed to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. As a result of recently-made-public court documents related to those lawsuits, pressure is mounting for Congress to investigate alleged collusion between former EPA officials and Monsanto to bury the truth about the health risks of Roundup.

The timing couldn’t have been better for the Monsanto Tribunal to announce its opinions. But is time running out for us to hold Monsanto accountable—and replace its failed, degenerative model with a food and farming system that regenerates soil, health and local economies?

Read OCA’s report on the Monsanto Tribunal

Watch the Monsanto Tribunal April 18 press conference

Summary of the Monsanto Tribunal Advisory Opinion

Monsanto Tribunal Advisory Opinion—full document

One final note—we’d like to thank all of you who helped support the Monsanto Tribunal. As always, we couldn’t do the work we do, without your support. Thank you!

Katherine, on behalf of the OCA and RI teams

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March 22, 2017

Monsanto Undercover Funding Has Led Attack on Organic Foods

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Monsanto Undercover Funding has led Attack on Organic Foods

A picture taken on May 24, 2016 in Lillo near Antwerp shows the Monsanto logo at the firm Manufacturing Site and Operations Center. German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer, a household name thanks to its painkiller Aspirin, said this week that it is offering $122 per share in cash for Monsanto, or $62 billion (55 billion euros) in all. It would be the biggest takeover by a German group of a foreign company and would create a new world leader in seeds, pesticides and genetically modified (GM) crops. / AFP / JOHN THYS (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

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When a reputable-sounding nonprofit organization released a report attacking the organic food industry in April 2014, the group went to great lengths to tout its independence.

The 30-page report by Academics Review, described as “a non-profit led by independent academic experts in agriculture and food sciences,” found that consumers were being duped into spending more money for organic food because of deceptive marketing practices by the organic industry.

Trade press headlines blared: “Organics exposed!” (Brownfield News) and “Organic Industry Booming by Deceiving Consumers” (Food Safety Tech News), touting the findings by supposedly independent experts.

The findings were “endorsed by an international panel of independent agricultural science, food science, economic and legal experts from respected international institutions,” according to the group’s press release. In case the point about independence wasn’t clear, the press release ends on this note: “Academics Review has no conflicts-of-interest associated with this publication, and all associated costs for which were paid for using our general funds without any specific donor’ influence or direction.”

What was not mentioned in the report, the news release or on the website: Executives for Monsanto Co., the world’s leading purveyor of agrichemicals and genetically engineered seeds, along with key Monsanto allies, engaged in fund raising for Academics Review, collaborated on strategy and even discussed plans to hide industry funding, according to emails obtained by U.S. Right to Know via Freedom of Information Act requests.

Monsanto’s motives in attacking the organic industry are obvious: Monsanto’s seeds and chemicals are banned from use in organic farming, and a large part of Monsanto’s messaging is that its products are superior to organics as tools to boost global food production.

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March 20, 2017

Court Case That May Change Fate of Monsanto

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Court Case That May Change Fate of Monsanto

For years, Monsanto has been trying to hide the detrimental risks their leading herbicide, Roundup, poses to human health and the environment. Over the years, numerous studies have been published proving that the active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, can cause cancer, miscarriages, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, and more.

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Despite the overwhelming amount of evidence in support of the harmful effects of Roundup, Monsanto continues to monopolize the entire North American seed industry without government intervention. Roundup can be found all over any non-organic food, golf courses, and soil, despite the fact that it is a known carcinogen. However, thanks to a federal court judge in California, Monsanto may finally be tried for its wrongdoings and secrecy, shedding light on the truth about Roundup and the company’s ties to the U.S. government.

The Court Case That May Change the Fate of Monsanto

On February 27, 2017, Judge Vince Chhabria declared to Monsanto that, despite the company’s objections, numerous documents will not be kept sealed and turned over to be used against the company. Judge Chhabria is currently overseeing over 55 lawsuits against Monsanto in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. He even threatened Monsanto that if the company continues to pursue extensive efforts to keep important documents out of the hands of the public, he would impose sanctions.

The court cases were filed as a result of numerous claims that Monsanto’s Roundup caused non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of cancer that originates in the lymphatic system and could potentially be caused by Roundup. These specific lawsuits are being handled together as “multi-district litigation” (MDL) in San Francisco, although there are tons more claims from people all over the U.S. who developed the same type of cancer after being exposed to the herbicide.

“I have a problem with Monsanto because it’s —- it is insisting that stuff be filed under seal that should not be filed under seal,” Judge Chhabria explained in the hearing. When documents are “relevant to the litigation, they shouldn’t be under seal, even if they are not – are embarrassing to Monsanto, you know, even if Monsanto doesn’t like what they say.”

Another questionable subject that was brought up in the hearing is the fact that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains that glyphosate is “likely not a carcinogen.” Why would the government knowingly support a false claim, as it has been proven that glyphosate can cause cancer? As a result of the EPA’s stance, there was some concern during the hearing as to whether or not those involved in the trial would even believe experts who explain the science behind glyphosate being carcinogenic.

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People trust the establishment so readily, yet the EPA has, on numerous occasions, colluded with oil companies and Monsanto, all of which threaten the environment, which the EPA claims to protect. However, this case is expected to blow the lid off Monsanto’s close ties to EPA higher-ups, including Jess Rowland, head of the EPA’s Cancer Assessment Review Committee (CARC). A report by that committee was “accidentally” leaked to the public at a time that was favorable to Monsanto given its latest lawsuits.

According to court filings by plaintiffs’ attorneys, discovery documents “strongly suggests that Mr. Rowland’s primary goal was to serve the interests of Monsanto.” Mr. Rowland has yet to publicly address these allegations; however, he has since left the agency and retired.

Plaintiffs state that the litigation has revealed documents proving that Rowland was “straining, and often breaking, ethics and rules to benefit Monsanto’s business.” Internal Monsanto communications exposed that the company pushed this report to be published immediately in order to “preempt other potential actions or inquiries about the dangers of glyphosate,” according to a court filing.

Further proof lies in the form of a letter from a former EPA scientist to Rowland stating that there were significant scientific grounds for the EPA to reclassify glyphosate from a “possible human carcinogen” to a “probable” cancer-causing agent, but clearly, Rowland ignored this expert’s opinion.

The controversy surrounding the cancer-glyphosate relationship is strange, as even the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen years ago. Numerous studies have proven the cancer-glyphosate link (examples 123), but despite the overwhelming amount of evidence, it is still being debated in U.S. courts.

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Fortunately for California consumers, another California judge just ruled against Monsanto in a case that aimed to enforce mandatory cancer warnings on Roundup labels. Judge Kristi Kapetan finalized her ruling last week, confirming that California will now classify glyphosate as a chemical “known to the state to cause cancer,” in accordance with the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986; known as Proposition 65.

In  January 2016, Monsanto filed a lawsuit against the State of California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) over the agency’s notice of intent to list glyphosate as a Prop 65 chemical. After a long battle, the company finally lost and will be forced to put cancer labels on their most popular herbicide, Roundup, in California.

Hopefully, now that these labels will be on their herbicides, the courts can stop debating on whether or not glyphosate is a carcinogen. This will likely bode well for the cases in California, but since many of the claims were made outside of the state where the same laws don’t apply, it may have less impact around the country.

Rowland and some of the higher-ups at Monsanto are set to have depositions later in March 2017. A key hearing is set for October 2017, at which time expert witness testimonies are expected to be presented to the judge and then trial dates will likely begin in early 2018.

Just How Toxic Is Roundup for You?

Numerous countries have banned the use of Monsanto’s Roundup, including Russia, Sri Lanka, and much of Europe. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich announced that Russia had “made the decision not to use any GMO in food productions.” This is namely due to safety concerns surrounding GMOs and toxicity of the active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate.

Thanks However, in reality, there’s much more to the herbicide to be concerned about. A study published in the journal Biomedical Research International  showed that Roundup is 125 times more toxic than its active ingredient glyphosate studied in isolation. The eye-opening abstract reads as follows:

Pesticides are used throughout the world as mixtures called formulations. They contain adjuvants, which are often kept confidential and are called inerts by the manufacturing companies, plus a declared active principle, which is usually tested alone. We tested the toxicity of 9 pesticides, comparing active principles and their formulations, on three human cell lines. Glyphosate, isoproturon, fluroxypyr, pirimicarb, imidacloprid, acetamiprid, tebuconazole, epoxiconazole, and prochloraz constitute, respectively, the active principles of 3 major herbicides, 3 insecticides, and 3 fungicides.  

Despite its relatively benign reputation, Roundup was among the most toxic herbicides and insecticides tested. Most importantly, 8 formulations out of 9 were up to one thousand times more toxic than their active principles. Our results challenge the relevance of the acceptable daily intake for pesticides because this norm is calculated from the toxicity of the active principle alone. Chronic tests on pesticides may not reflect relevant environmental exposures if only one ingredient of these mixtures is tested alone.

Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), revealed an even more disturbing truth: Glyphosate is possibly “the most important factor in the development of multiple chronic diseases and conditions that have become prevalent in Westernized societies.” Another studysuggested that glyphosate can cause celiac disease, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, kidney failure, miscarriages, infertility, birth defects, obesity, autism, depression, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and cancer.

“It is commonly believed that Roundup is among the safest pesticides… Despite its reputation, Roundup was by far the most toxic among the herbicides and insecticides tested. This inconsistency between scientific fact and industrial claim may be attributed to huge economic interests, which have been found to falsify health risk assessments and delay health policy decisions.” – R. Mesnage et al., Biomed Research International, Volume 2014 (2014) article ID 179691

It’s not really a surprise that Monsanto refuses to admit the health risks associated with GMOs and Roundup, as the company makes billions of dollars every year from its monopoly on the seed industry. As a result, it’s difficult for consumers to even know when they’re eating GMOs or other products doused in Roundup because there’s a lack of transparency. This isn’t surprising from a corporate perspective; however, it would be reassuring to see the government step in and help the people instead of the corporations.

I think that all of this speaks to corruption inherent in the judiciary system. It has become less about serving the people and more about protecting the corporations. If we could truly trust the government to protect people, then the EPA would not be collaborating with companies like Monsanto. However, perhaps with these new court cases in California, a shift will start to occur and justice will start to be served!

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August 11, 2016

Portland Joins Monsanto PCB Lawsuit

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Portland Joins Monsanto PCB Lawsuit

The city of Portland has joined a case that charges Monsanto favored “profits over ecological and human health.” Portland becomes the eighth American city to file against Monsanto. The case relates to PCBs, of which Monsanto “was the sole U.S. manufacturer.”

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