Setbacks to a corporation like Monsanto, that has received the moniker Worlds Most Evil Corporation, are always welcomed and the month of November has brought us a few big setbacks for the Biotech giant!
Most of you may remember that in March The World Health Organization (WHO) added Glyphosate, (the main ingredient in Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide Roundup) to the “probably carcinogenic to humans” list. However, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) looked at 32 studies and exonerated Glyphosate in June, which means it is exempt from additional tests of the chemical’s effects on the hormonal system. Then, in September, Monsanto used the EPA findings to try to get the WHO to overturn the ruling.
The fact that Monsanto is using the EPA to try to get the WHO to overturn their ruling is quite concerning for many people who understand that the EPA and Monsanto have a long and well documented revolving door relationship with each other.
Ultimately, after reviewing the 32 studies used by the EPA, you can see the effects of the before mentioned revolving door relationship. The biotech industry conducted or funded a staggering 27 of the 32 studies they reviewed! This is a practice I have dubbed “Corporate Science” because no industry every conducts an ethical scientific study on their product. The very fact that the EPA conducts a review of Glyphosate using 27 “Corporate Science” studies out of the 32 studies overall studies is criminal and shows that the EPA does not protect the people from the industries they “regulate”– but instead protect the industry. Simply put, there needs to be a mandate on regulatory agencies to ONLY use independent studies free from financial conflicts of interest.
The criminal use of “Corporate Science” may not be the most shocking thing about the review, however. Of the 5 actual independent studies used 3 actually show that Glyphosate may indeed be an endocrine disruptor like the WHO concluded!
A few years ago, Monsanto took a monstrous hit via the French court system who ruled in favor of a French farmer in a lawsuit accusing Monsanto’s Roundup of causing neurological problems due to chemical poisoning. The ruling was the first time a chemical corporation lost a lawsuit for such chemical poisoning! This was a monumental lawsuit that many believe will never happen in the US because Monsanto has infiltrated the American legal and political systems, installing their lackeys at the highest levels. Although, more Americans are now not backing down and are trying to hold the biotech giant accountable.
On November 5, a lawsuit was filed in California against Monsanto by a plaintiff who claims the Roundup caused Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Additionally, the law firm Saiontz & Kirk, is reviewing potential class action lawsuits and personal injury cases for people diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma or other cancers that may have been caused by Roundup. Finally, this is not the only lawsuit from California where Roundup is believed to have caused a form of cancer. On November 10, Monsanto asked the judge to throw out the case brought by a field worker who claimed Roundup caused bone cancer because, among other things, the EPA deemed that Roundup is not a carcinogenic because of the very flawed review we just went over!
These cases are in the very early stages and a lot can happen. However, I am very hopeful that Monsanto will be held accountable, just like they were in France.
Monsanto received a permit to plant 620,000 acres of their soy throughout several indigenous Indian communities who did not want them to do so because of concerns over how the soy could affect honey bee farming in the area and could lead to deforestation. Earlier in the year the district courts ruled the indigenous communities did indeed have the right to plant what they wanted on their land and overturned the permit. Nevertheless, Monsanto felt like they should be able to force these communities to plant their seeds on their land and took it to the Mexican supreme court. However, freedom, in the form of the Mexican Supreme also ruling to revoke the permit, won out on November 4th,
Again, I can not stress enough how important it is to get Monsanto out of our food supply. So, November is clearly a very good month in that aspect. And, I fully expect to see the setbacks to continue for not only Monsanto, but for the biotech industry as a whole