EU glyphosate approval was based on plagiarised Monsanto text


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❝ EU regulators based a decision to relicense the controversial weedkiller glyphosate on an assessment plagiarised from industry reports, according to a report for the European parliament.

A crossparty group of MEPs commissioned an investigation into claims, revealed by the Guardian, that Germany’s Federal Institute for Risk Assessment…copy-and-pasted tracts from Monsanto studies…

❝ The authors said they found “clear evidence of BfR’s deliberate pretence of an independent assessment, whereas in reality the authority was only echoing the industry applicants’ assessment.”

Really pisses me off. I’ve read and referenced that report in the past – and accepted it as legitimate. Just another example of the lengths corporate profiteers will go in corrupt practices to make a buck.

Criminal!

3 thoughts on “EU glyphosate approval was based on plagiarised Monsanto text

  1. Lucrezia says:

    “A broad new scientific analysis of the cancer-causing potential of glyphosate herbicides, the most widely used weed killing products in the world, has found that people with high exposures to the popular pesticides have a 41% increased risk of developing a type of cancer called non-Hodgkin lymphoma.” https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/feb/14/weed-killing-products-increase-cancer-risk-of-cancer “The evidence “supports a compelling link” between exposures to glyphosate-based herbicides and increased risk for non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), the authors concluded, though they said the specific numerical risk estimates should be interpreted with caution. The findings by five US scientists contradict the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) assurances of safety over the weed killer and come as regulators in several countries consider limiting the use of glyphosate-based products in farming.”
    See also “Exposure to Glyphosate-Based Herbicides and Risk for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma: A Meta-Analysis and Supporting Evidence” https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1383574218300887

  2. Bill comes due says:

    Bayer plunges after jury finds its Roundup weedkiller caused cancer (Markets Insider 3/20/19) https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/bayer-plunges-after-jury-finds-its-roundup-weedkiller-caused-cancer-2019-3-1028044328 “Shares in Bayer plunged 12% in morning trading after a San Francisco jury found one of its customers developed cancer after using its Roundup weed killer in his yard. The decision strikes another blow to the German pharmaceuticals group. In August, a jury ordered its Monsanto unit to pay $289 million after determining it failed to warn customers of the potential cancer risks of two of its weedkillers, Roundup and Ranger Pro. The verdict was cut to $78.5 million on appeal. The jury will now decide whether to hold Monsanto liable, raising the prospect of another multi-million dollar verdict.
    Bayer’s stock has slumped a third in the past year, wiping more than $20 billion off its market value. Headwinds remain, as the company faces lawsuits from more than 11,000 farmers, home gardeners, and landscapers. It’s set to appear in six more trials in federal and state courts this year.”

  3. Parsimony says:

    “Study on Weed Killers and Monarch Butterflies Spurs Ecological Flap : Some scientists question museum data analysis that suggests Roundup is not responsible for the insects’ decline” (Scientific American 3/21/19) https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/study-on-weed-killers-and-monarch-butterflies-spurs-ecological-flap/ (see related stories in sidebar)
    “…“We can’t get anywhere unless we know what’s driving” species loss, says University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum director* Karen Oberhauser, who founded the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project in 1996. “With monarchs we know what we’ve lost, [and] we know where we’ve lost it.” Empirically identifying the drivers of these losses gives ecologists the tools to propose policy measures and shape land-management decisionsUltimately, protecting biodiversity is in our own best interests, Oberhauser says. “The things that are making monarchs and other species go extinct are—in the long run—going to hurt us,” she says. “By doing what we can to change these conditions so that other species don’t go extinct, we’re helping ourselves.”

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