Another document was a letter written by Dr. Jack Griffith, a former EPA scientist, discussing the dangers of 2,4,5-T and a controversial experiment in Oregon. After being sprayed widely in Oregon, there was an extreme increase in the number of involuntary abortions. Chemical giant Dow tried to argue this, and the EPA scientist stated that their comments were “totally inaccurate.” Another document from 1985 referred to TCDD, an extremely toxic contaminant in 2,4,5-T. The document is a transcript detailing how Monsanto allegedly sold a chemical high in TCDD to Lysol, which they then used in their disinfectant spray for an astonishing 23 years, despite the severe toxicity.
A Canadian House of Commons document from Ross Harvey, MP, further discussed Monsanto’s sale of the chemical Santophen-I to Lysol and addressed the fact that Monsanto found evidence of the toxicity of it and then suppressed that information. There were also multiple documents outlining the relationship the EPA had to the pulp and paper industry; for example, here’s a letter addressed to the EPA from the VP of the American Paper Institute.
Toxicologist Admits To Not Properly Testing Roundup
Donna Farmer, Monsanto’s lead toxicologist, even admitted in her deposition that she “cannot say that Roundup does not cause cancer” because “[w]e [Monsanto] have not done the carcinogenicity studies with Roundup.”
Here is Farmer’s actual email, from back in 2009, which seems pretty clear:
“you cannot say that Roundup does not cause cancer..we have not done carcinogenicity studies with “Roundup”.
Other Important Information To Consider
It’s also important to mention here a study regarding Genetically Modified Maize and Roundup herbicide. In November 2012, the Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology published a paper entitled Long-Term Toxicity of Roundup Herbicide and a Roundup-Tolerant genetically modified maize by Gilles-Eric Séralini and his team of researchers at France’s Caen University (source). It was a very significant study that made a lot of noise worldwide, the first of its kind under controlled conditions that examined the possible effects of a GMO maize diet treated with Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide.
The results were extremely concerning, and what followed after going through the rigorous peer-reviewed process was what appeared to be an industry retraction. The retraction was condemned by hundreds of scientists around the world, and the study was updated and republished in multiple journals across Europe. It’s one that should have marked the end of GMOs. You can read more about that here.
Another great example regarding the shady practices of Monsanto as well as the EPA comes in the form of a federal lawsuit that forced the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to divulge its files regarding the approval process of GMOs. It was initiated by Lawyer Steven Drunker, who has recently published a book on the lawsuit (2015) entitled ‘Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public.’ In the book, Druker provides details of his experience, and he’s also released the documents on his website showing the significant hazards of genetically engineered foods and the flaws that the FDA made in its policy.
Caius Rommens was a director at Simplot Plant Sciences where he led the development of the company’s genetically engineered Innate potato. He is also a former longtime Monsanto team leader. He is now blowing the whistle on GMOs. He is another from within that’s revealing a lot of information that’s important for the public to know. You can read more about him and what he had to say here.
“As part of the process, they portrayed the various concerns as merely the ignorant opinions of misinformed individuals – and derided them as not only unscientific, but anti-science. They then set to work to convince the public and government officials, through the dissemination of false information, that there was an overwhelming expert consensus, based on solid evidence, that GMOs were safe….Someday we shall look back on this dark era of agriculture and shake our heads. How could we have ever believed that it was a good idea to grow our food with poisons?” ” – Jane Goodall, in the forward to Altered Genes, Twisted Truth
It’s become extremely obvious that multiple products put on the market by Monsanto and other biotech companies have no right at all to be there. We are putting our trust in regulatory agencies that have a direct connection to these corporations, and there is clearly a lot of collusion and deception going on. Mass marketing and brainwashing has made us quite compliant and trustworthy up to now, however at the end of the day it is only our awareness that is going to stop us from purchasing these products, as well as allowing other companies to use them on our behalf.