EPA scientist warns that glyphosate (RoundUp) herbicide strips minerals out of food, leaving the body deficient in Zinc and Magnesium

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JD Heyes
March 20, 2017

A now-deceased career scientist for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wrote a letter to a colleague that the chemical compound glyphosate, the principle ingredient in Montanto’s “Roundup” herbicide, is far more dangerous than even her own former agency is willing to admit.

The scientist, Dr. Marion Copley, D.M.V., who died from cancer, worked for the EPA for three decades until her illness made it impossible for her to continue. In a letter to EPA colleague and Monsanto “mole” Jess Rowland in 2013, two years before a public debate over the carcinogenic effects of glyphosate began, Copley – a senior toxicologist at the EPA’s Health Effects Division – voiced major concerns about how Rowland and the EPA were dealing with the compound.

“Since I left the Agency with cancer, I have studied the tumor process extensively and I have some mechanism comments which may be very valuable to CARC based on my decades of pathology experience. I’ll pick one chemical to demonstrate my points,” she wrote. (RELATED: Heartbreaking letter from dying EPA scientist begs Monsanto “moles” inside the agency to stop lying about dangers of RoundUp (glyphosate.)

“Glyphosate was originally designed as a chelating agent and I strongly believe that is the identical process involved in its tumor formation, which is highly supported by the literature.”

Copley goes on to note:

— Chelators prevent the process of apoptosis, which is a necessary bodily function to kill off tumor cells;

— Chelators act as endocrine disruptors, which in turn plays a role in the growth of tumors;

— Chelators serve to bind zinc, which is a necessary mineral for proper immune system function;

— Chelators also bind calcium and magnesium, as well as other minerals, thereby making foods “deficient for these essential nutrients;”

— Glyphosate has been found to be a genotoxic substance, which is key in cancer formation;

— Chelators can often cause damage to the kidneys or pancreas, which glyphosate does, serving as another cancer formation mechanism;

— Glyphosate is responsible for destroying good gut bacteria and in the gastrointestinal system at large is 80 percent of the body’s immune system;

— Chelators’ tamping down of the body’s immune system also leads to cancer formation.

She noted further that, in the past, CARC found that glyphosate was a “possible human carcinogen,” and that kidney pathology in separate studies in animals led to the formation of tumors “with other mechanisms.” She also said that “any one of these mechanisms alone listed can cause tumors, but glyphosate causes all of them simultaneously.”

“Jess, you and I have argued many times on CARC. You often argued about topics outside of your knowledge, which is unethical,” she wrote. “Your trivial MS degree from 1971 Nebraska is far outdated, thus CARC science is 10 years behind the literature in mechanisms. For once in your life, listen to me and don’t play your political conniving games with the science to favor the registrants. For once do the right thing and don’t make decisions based on how it affects your bonus.”

Copley, who passed away in January 2014, also identified another EPA colleague, Anna Lowit, accusing both of them of “intimidating staff on CARC” and changing various reports to make the industry look better.

A February filing in U.S. District Court for Northern California seeks to compel testimony from Rowland. The document says that Rowland, now a private citizen, left EPA “mysteriously” a day after an “inadvertent” leak and later retraction of a draft EPA report on the safety of glyphosate that bore Rowland’s signature. (RELATED: EPA Corruption, Monsanto And RoundUp Litigation: Full Text Of Motion To Compel Deposition Of Jess Rowland.)

“…[T]he Plaintiffs have a pressing need for Mr. Rowland’s testimony to confirm his relationship with Monsanto and EPA’s substantial role in protecting the Defendant’s business, efforts subsequently embodied in government reports consistently cited by Monsanto in this Court and elsewhere,” the court filing said. “As stated in the original Motion, the circumstances underlying the relationship between Mr. Rowland and Monsanto are highly suspicious.”

Keep up with this story as it develops at Glyphosate.news.

J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for NaturalNews.com and NewsTarget.com, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.

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Monsanto on trial: Former EPA official to testify about covering up link between Roundup, cancer

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Lance D. Johnson
March 5, 2017

A multi-district cancer lawsuit is currently underway in San Francisco, California. The suit alleges that Monsanto failed to warn the public about Roundup’s cancer risk to humans. Sixty plaintiffs, many suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, are accusing Monsanto of covering up evidence that Roundup herbicide could cause cancer. A former EPA official, Jess Rowland, is set to testify in the case and could reveal the EPA’s buried science linking Roundup (glyphosate) to cancer.

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria is looking forward to Rowland’s deposition: “My reaction is when you consider the relevance of the EPA’s reports, and you consider their relevance to this litigation, it seems appropriate to take Jess Rowland’s deposition,” he said.

Due to regulatory concerns, this case is currently holding Monsanto back from a $66 billion mega merger with German pharmaceutical company, Bayer AG.

What will Rowland’s deposition uncover?

According to Bloomberg, the plaintiff’s lawyers see Rowland’s upcoming deposition as a potential trap, mainly because Rowland enjoyed a “highly suspicious” relationship with Monsanto through the years. The plaintiff’s attorneys are concerned that Rowland could remain silent, not disclosing evidence of Roundup’s cancer link. After all, Rowland is a close ally to Monsanto and the chair of an EPA committee that gave glyphosate a free pass.

In May 2016, Rowland chaired the EPA’s Cancer Assessment Review Committee (CARC). At the time, CARC determined that glyphosate was “not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.” Suspiciously, Rowland left her chair position just days after CARC’s pro-glyphosate report was leaked to the press.

The mainstream media used CARC’s pro-glyphosate conclusion as a rebuttal to the contrasting scientific conclusion that was reached a year earlier at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). This independent team of scientists (IARC) had previously reported through the World Health Organization that glyphosate was a probable human carcinogen.

Glyphosate toxicity to humans: an overview explains that the chemical disrupts the “shikimate pathway” of both plants and important microorganisms in the human gut and can even accumulate in bones. Glyphosate scientists Dr. Channa Jayasumana, wrote that “Glyphosate acts as a carrier or a vector of these heavy metals to the kidney.” By disabling protective gut microorganisms, glyphosate becomes a vector, by which other toxins weaken one’s immunity. For this reason, Sri Lanka’s president banned herbicides containing glyphosate in 2014. (RELATED: For more, visit Glyphosate.News)

Warring factions inside the EPA and buried evidence on glyphosate toxicity

When IARC’s findings came out on glyphosate, Monsanto insisted that glyphosate was 100 percent safe with no link to cancer. Not long thereafter, Rowland’s pro-glyphosate conclusion came out through CARC. According to US Right to Know, Monsanto shared close ties with Rowland. Even after leaving CARC, Rowland continued to work as the deputy division director in the EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP). Working with Rowland, Monsanto could readily control the scientific conclusions for agrochemicals, especially since Rowland operated within the health effects division of the OPP.

Marion Copley, an EPA scientist of 30 years, has accused Rowland of “playing political conniving games with the science” to give favor to Monsanto and other pesticide companies. Correspondence dated March 4, 2013, taken from a February 10th court filing, found Copley calling Rowland out for intimidation tactics. Copley said Rowland and another EPA official “intimidated staff” to change the reports on glyphosate findings. “It is essentially certain that glyphosate causes cancer,” Copley stated, citing various animal studies that have been buried.

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Monsanto whistleblower awarded $22 million after exposing ‘shady deals’

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Samantha Debbie
September 7, 2016

The Securities and Exchange Commission has paid out the second largest settlement in U.S. history to a former Monsanto executive who blew the whistle on the biotech giant’s shady business dealings involving Roundup, a widely used herbicide containing glyphosate which was labeled a probable human carcinogen by the World Health Organization last spring.

The whistleblower’s identity is being kept secret, according to reports, presumably to protect the individual from the potential backlash of powerful industry groups.

The former Monsanto executive, who exposed “accounting improprieties” involving Roundup, has been awarded more than $22 million, according to CNBC.

“The award of $22,437,800 was tied to an $80 million settlement between the SEC and Monsanto in February, according to the lawyer, Stuart Meissner in New York, in a statement.”

Federal government accuses Monsanto of fudging sales numbers for weed killer

The SEC has accused Monsanto of lying about its earnings for Roundup. The allegations specifically involve a corporate rebate program designed to increase sales of the product.

The agency said that the seed giant “lacked sufficient internal controls to account for millions of dollars in rebates that it offered to retailers and distributors. It ultimately booked a sizeable amount of revenue, but then failed to recognize the costs of the rebate programs on its books.”

Monsanto reportedly “materially” distorted its consolidated earnings over a three-year period. The company is said to have “neither admitted nor denied” the allegations, while stating in the fiscal year 2015 that it was fully prepared to pay the resulting penalties.

“Company employees are in unique positions behind-the-scenes to unravel complex or deeply buried wrongdoing. Without this whistleblower’s courage, information, and assistance, it would have been extremely difficult for law enforcement to discover this securities fraud on its own,” said Jane Norberg, acting chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower.

SEC’s whistleblower program issues $107 million in five years

The agency was given the power to award whistleblowers under the Dodd Frank financial reform law, signed by President Obama in 2010 to prevent institutions from becoming “too big to fail.”

The program has so far awarded more than $107 million to 33 whistleblowers since its implementation in 2011. The largest award was issued in 2014, totaling $30 million.

Monsanto, of course, is no stranger to the legal system. The company is facing more resistance from the government over its plans to merge with John Deere, which manufactures farming, construction and forestry equipment.

Justice Department sues to block Monsanto, John Deere deal

Headquartered in Moline, Illinois, John Deere revealed its plans to acquire Monsanto’s Precision Planting back in November.

The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit to block the deal, arguing that if it goes through, it will give John Deere “a stranglehold on the market for high-speed precision-planting devices,” USA Today reports.

The two companies together sell 86 percent of all equipment in the precision-planting sector.

“If this deal were allowed to proceed, Deere would dominate the market for high-speed precision-planting systems and be able to raise prices and slow innovation at the expense of American farmers who rely on these systems,” said Renata Hesse, acting assistant attorney general of the Justice’s antitrust division.

John Deere and Monsanto claim that the merger is necessary to protect farmers, and will fight the lawsuit.

Monsanto is also considering an offer by the chemical and pharmaceutical giant Bayer. The German-based company offered $64 billion to purchase its agribusiness rival, Monsanto.

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More Shocking Vaccine News: Common Vaccines Contaminated with Glyphosate!

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Dr. David Brownstein
September 3, 2016

Folks, I have written about the problems with vaccines in previous blog posts.  Now, a new serious contamination problem with our vaccines has been identified.

Researcher Anthony Samsel has published five peer-reviewed articles on the herbicide Glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup®).

A yet-to-be published sixth paper found various commonly-used vaccines contaminated with the herbicide glyphosate.

Yes, you read that correctly:  Our vaccines are contaminated with an herbicide that the World Health Organization characterized as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

How can this happen?  That answer is easy.  Many vaccines contain animal byproducts such as gelatin, bovine casein, bovine serum, bovine calf serum, or chicken egg protein.  The animals from which these products come from are fed grains sprayed with glyphosate.  It does not take a rocket scientist to come to the conclusion that these animals, fed glyphosate in their diet, would contain glyphosate in their byproducts.

Samsel sent a letter to Congress that stated, “I have run numerous groups of vaccines and identified several vectors of contamination.  These include the excipient gelatins, egg protein and or similar substrates used to grow vaccines. I have found gelatins and egg proteins contaminated with Glyphosate-based herbicides from animals fed a glyphosate contaminated diet. This contamination carries into thousands of consumer products i.e. vitamins, protein powders, wine, beer and other consumables which use gelatins as part of the product or in fining and processing.”

What did Samsel hear back?  He heard nothing.  In other words, our do-nothing Congress, so far, has failed to respond.

In his letter to Congress, Samsel also stated that Glyphosate is a synthetic amino acid.  It bioaccumulates and is found in all tissue types, particularly the bone and marrow of animals fed a diet contaminated with Glyphosate residues.

You can see Dr. Samsel talk about his research here:   http://www.tonu.org/2016/08/31/vaccine-glyphosate-link

The following vaccines were found to be contaminated with the herbicide glyphosate:  MMR, Varicella (chicken pox), Zostavax (shingles), Proquad (MMR, rubella, varicella),  Fluzone Quad (flu vaccine) and Hepatitis B (B Energix-B).  Multiple vaccines from different manufactures were found to be contaminated.

Folks, this is a big deal.  Injecting a vaccine contaminated with a known herbicide that is “probably carcinogenic to humans” should be prohibited.  We need a Congressional investigation into our vaccines.

We keep hearing the mantra that vaccines are safe.  Injecting a vaccine containing an herbicide is safe?

Give me a break!

It is time to call your Congressmen and women and tell them to investigate this matter.
I can assure you that it is not safe to inject a known neurotoxin such as mercury or aluminum.  Nor is it safe to inject a known carcinogen such as formaldehyde.

Guess what?

It is not safe to inject an herbicide that is a probable human carcinogen.

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Study: Glyphosate damages reproductive development in rats, increasing risk for cancer and infertility

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David Gutierrez
August 29, 2016

Glyphosate — the active ingredient of Monsanto’s blockbuster herbicide Roundup — may disrupt development of the uterus, leading to fertility problems and cancer, according to a study conducted by researchers from Argentina and published in the journal Toxicology.

Roundup is one of the most widely used herbicides on the planet. Its popularity has been almost entirely driven by the adoption of Monsanto-engineered genetically modified (GM) crops that are resistant to the chemical.

Argentina is the world’s leading user of glyphosate, largely due to its heavy planting of GM soybeans. Yet doctors and scientists have pointed to an alarming trend of high miscarriage rates in soybean growing areas. Meanwhile, local farmers have blamed herbicides including glyphosate for alarmingly high rates of mutations in farm animals, which quadrupled following a recent surge in GM soy cultivation.

May cause uterine cancer

In the new study, researchers injected newborn female rats with glyphosate for seven days following birth, at doses of 2 mg/kg of body weight — the same dose that US regulators have ruled is safe to consume daily over the course of a lifetime.

The researchers observed abnormal cell proliferation and structural changes to the uteri of the rats, as well as disruptions to the expression of proteins that play a role in uterine development. These changes occurred even though there were no signs of toxicity (acute or chronic) in the rats, and no changes in their weight relative to untreated rats.

The findings suggest that glyphosate may harm female fertility and lead to uterine cancer, the researchers concluded.

Notably, among the effects observed were disruptions to hormonal activity (endocrine disruption), supporting growing concern that glyphosate is an endocrine disruptor. Significantly, many endocrine disruptors are more potent at very small concentrations (on the orders of parts per billion) than at the higher one typically tested by regulatory agencies.

The researchers note that they deliberately chose to use injected rather than oral glyphosate, even though oral administration is favored for pesticide and herbicide safety studies. That’s because the rats being studied were so young that they were only consuming their mothers’ milk, and there was no other way to give them the relevant doses. This decision was supported by scientists interviewed by The Ecologist; unfortunately, chemical-friendly regulators may use it as an excuse to ignore the study’s findings.

Roundup worse than glyphosate alone

Yet the new study is only one of many recent trials implicating glyphosate and Roundup in reproductive harm. Earlier this year, in a study published in Environmental Health, researchers from Kings College London found that ultra-low dose exposure to glyphosate — like humans might get from drinking water or from residue on their food — caused large-scale changes to the genome of rats. Some of these changes appear to be epigenetic — changes in gene expression that can be passed on to future generations.

The same researchers also successfully reverse-engineered the proprietary “inactive ingredients” of Roundup, and demonstrated that some of these may also have toxic effects. This is a highly significant finding, as most regulatory agencies simply presume that inactive ingredients are chemically neutral and therefore harmless.

But when it comes to Roundup, that consensus is starting to crack. Last year, an Australian study found that at levels commonly found in US and Australian drinking water, both Roundup and glyphosate alone caused endocrine disrupting effects, in part by killing off cells that produce the female hormone progesterone. That study actually found that Roundup is more toxic than glyphosate alone.

Also last year, the European Union Food Safety Authority (EFSA), while attempting to claim that glyphosate does not cause cancer, admitted that studies performed on Roundup have indeed suggested that the herbicide causes genetic damage. Thus, the EFSA said, Roundup is likely to lead to cancer.

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Monsanto’s Dirty Dozen: 12 MORE Crimes Against Humanity & The Environment Concocted By The World’s Most Evil Corporation

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Ethan A. Huff
July 25, 2016

Most of the backlash today against Monsanto comes from the public’s growing awareness about the dangers of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), Roundup (glyphosate), and the systemic poisoning of our food supply with these unlabeled chemical additives. But did you know that the world’s most evil corporation actually got its start in the artificial sweetener business?

The following 12 products – we’ll refer to these as Monsanto’s Dirty Dozen – are included among the other major crimes against humanity besides GMOs that Monsanto has pumped out over the years for consumer use. Some of these products will be familiar to you, but chances are you weren’t aware of their Monsanto ties:

1) Saccharin (Sweet ‘N Low). Monsanto’s founding was predicated on finding a way to mass produce saccharin, an artificial sugar substitute, for Coca-Cola. With some regulatory arm-twisting, the chemical sweetener, which was shown back in the 1970s to cause cancer in test mice, was a boon for Monsanto, despite its threat to human health, and helped propel the company towards other endeavors.

2) Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal). An accidental discovery that first emerged from research into chemical weaponry, aspartame, another artificial sugar substitute, gained access to the Monsanto portfolio in 1985. Since then, Monsanto has profited to the tune of tens of billions of dollars, the blood money from a genetically-engineered chemical that’s been linked to neurological damage and cancer.

3) Glyphosate (Roundup). Currently the world’s most widely used herbicide, glyphosate is the result of Monsanto’s aggressive entrance into the agricultural sector following its sweetener successes. Monsanto’s Roundup line of glyphosate products maintains a ubiquitous presence in both the commercial and consumer markets, but these chemicals are linked to organ damage, tumors, infertility and cancer.

4) Recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH). Monsanto’s obsession with genetic engineering hasn’t been limited to just tweaking plants and sweeteners; the company is also responsible for unleashing recombinant bovine growth hormone, or rBGH, a genetically-modified animal bulking chemical that causes cows to produce more milk and grow faster. rBGH also causes serious infections, and has been linked to multiple varieties of cancer in humans.

5) “Terminator” seeds. When left in their natural form, plants produce an endless supply of new seeds from which humanity can grow new food for “free” – minus labor and other inputs. But thanks to Monsanto, much of our processed food supply is now derived from so-called “terminator” seeds that only survive one growing season before self-destructing, enriching the pockets of Monsanto executives at the expense of our agricultural heritage.

6) Petroleum-based fertilizers. Back in the old days, manure, compost and other organic materials served as natural fertilizer for growing food. Today, many farmers apply synthetic, petroleum-based fertilizers produced by none other than Monsanto. Many of these fertilizers deplete soil nutrients and microbes, producing “dead” foods deficient in vitamins and minerals – foods that are making people chronically ill at an alarming rate.

7) Agent orange. Perhaps you’re beginning to notice a pattern: Monsanto has mastered the art of producing destructive chemicals that harm the environment and humans. And, if you’re at all familiar with the history of Agent Orange, you’ll also recognize that many of today’s consumer chemicals were previously wartime chemicals. This chemical defoliant-slash-herbicide is what American soldiers sprayed across Vietnam during the Vietnam War, and components of Agent Orange like 2,4-D are still used today in industrial agriculture.

8) Dioxins. Speaking of Agent Orange, dioxins are another noxious byproduct of its manufacture. Dioxins are persistent environmental pollutants present in all sorts of chemical compounds and solutions, and once they enter the body they accumulate in fatty tissue, causing all sorts of chronic health issues over time.

9) DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane). We’re often told that the only way to effectively combat pests is to carpet-bomb them with chemicals like DDT, a mosquito repellent of old that’s been shown to damage hormones, interfere with reproduction and potentially cause cancer. DDT was banned in the U.S. in 1970, despite years of propaganda from Monsanto claiming DDT was completely safe.

10) The atomic bomb and nuclear weapons. During WWII, Monsanto acquired a chemical company that it incorporated into its “Central Research Department.” This department was responsible for coordinating the efforts of the Manhattan Project, which included the purification and production of plutonium for nuclear weapons and the atomic bomb.

11) PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyl). Another industrial experiment, PCBs were long used in coolant products for cars and electric motors – that is, until toxicity tests conducted some 50 years after their initial use showed serious harm to mammals. Liver disease, neurological disorders and cancer are among the many consequences of PCB exposure.

12) Polystyrene (styrofoam). Despite its immense environmental impact, polystyrene continues to be used in food packaging. Polystyrene contains the toxic substances styrene and benzene, both of which are known neurotoxins and suspected carcinogens. When exposed to hot liquids and foods, polystyrene leaches out these chemicals, which are directly absorbed into the bloodstream and cell tissue.

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9 Financial Risks Of Doing Business With Monsanto

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Christina Sarich
June 9, 2016

An agricultural, biotech giant, Monsanto has become ‘more vulnerable than ever,’ largely due to having an unnaturally-intense poor public image. In recent times, the company has seen successive stock drops and weaker sales of its biotech-created corn and the best-selling herbicide, Roundup. The company had to report falling profits again and again, slashing jobs.

One Huffington Post writer says that Monsanto is “notorious for being litigious, secretive and combative with critics who question its products or seemingly unscrupulous practices.” The company has been shown to be a bad investment for those who were counting on huge profits from one of the biggest players in the industry.

Now, without ignoring the fact that Monsanto is one of the biggest companies around, raking in literally billions of dollars from sales every year, I’ve outlined 9 reasons to stay away from Monsanto if you don’t want to ‘lose your shirt.’

1. A Potential Cancer-Connection

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The World Health Organization’s cancer research agency has published a full report on glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide, and called it “a probable human carcinogen.” Since that announcement in March 2015, several countries, cities, and retail chains worldwide have banned or severely limited the use of glyphosate products. As of October 2015, at least 700 personal injury non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma lawsuits were pending against Monsanto. More are publicized every day.

However, it isn’t conclusive even in the scientific community that glyphosate is cancer-causing. In fact, other organizations claim that it is unlikely to cause cancer

A joint committee of experts from the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization said:

“In view of the absence of carcinogenic potential in rodents at human-relevant doses and the absence of genotoxicity by the oral route in mammals, and considering the epidemiological evidence from occupational exposures, the meeting concluded that glyphosate is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to humans from exposure through the diet.”

The real problem for Monsanto, though, is that their product is still perceived by the public (at the very least) to be toxic and harmful.

2. Liability will be Ongoing…for Decades

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Monsanto’s liability for making glyphosate may persist long into the future. The herbicide can be detected for decades in many types of soil, and GMO contamination self-propagates in the gene pool and cannot be fully eradicated. Glyphosate has also been found in human blood, urine, and breast milk.

3. Monsanto Legally Fighting PCB Contamination

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Monsanto is not only being sued for glyphosate’s toxicity, but also for the creation of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) since 1976. PCB pollution has caused almost every waterway in the US to be compromised, harming marine life and surrounding ecosystems. A rash of lawsuits against Monsanto has arisen and there will likely be more.

Most recently, St. Louis Circuit Court awarded $17.5 million in damages to the three plaintiffs and assessed an additional $29 million in punitive damages against Monsanto, Solutia, Pharmacia and Pfizer, the St. Louis Dispatch reported.

4. Roundup Sales are Dropping

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Reports indicate that sales of Roundup are dropping, and so are sales of Roundup-ready crops. GE corn, soy, and cotton developed by Monsanto to withstand copious spraying of the herbicide constitute 90 percent of their revenue.

As more people catch wind of the scientific evidence proving that these crops have significant health impacts on humans, then Monsanto will likely continue to lose profits. Farmers are also realizing that Monsanto’s promises about these crops may have been empty. They’ve had to deal with super weeds and super bugs like never before.

5. Organic Crops Surpassing GMO Crops

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Farmers are seeing evidence of GM crop failure not just by growing the patented seeds, but also in their livestock, that is, according to Non-GMO report. Numerous farmers who switch to non-GMO feed report improved livestock health and increased profits. If these claims are continually validated, Monsanto may lose its largest GMO market and perhaps become liable for cumulative losses from an entire industry.

6. GMOs are Creating Superbugs and Superweeds

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Super bugs and super weeds linked to Monsanto’s Roundup Ready and Bt crops are taking over agricultural lands across the world. More than 300 million acres worldwide are suffering from these secondary causes of planting Monsanto’s GM seed. As insects are developing resistance to Roundup, Monsanto and other companies are developing and marketing even more chemicals to people who are growing weary of this agricultural paradigm.

7. People Don’t Want GMOs, or at LEAST Support GMO Labeling

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Both European and American food makers are ditching GMOs due to consumer demand. One poll found that 80% of respondents considered non-GM food healthier and would pay more for organic, non-GM food. Sales of non-GM food have already grown to more than $10 billion and are expected to keep climbing. Can Monsanto continue to stay financially viable in a world that doesn’t want their products?

8. Politics will Change. Whistleblowing will Happen.

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For example, the FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods Michael Taylor was a former Vice President for Public Policy at Monsanto, and current USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack was chair of the Governors Biotechnology Partnership and was named Governor of the Year by the Biotechnology Industry Organization.

Politics change. People tell the truth eventually.

9. Monsanto is Heavily Disliked by the General Public

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Monsanto has actually been called one of the ‘most hated companies in the world.’ Millions have marched against them, and many say they have been bullied by them in court. When a company obtains a reputation to falsely influence science, there will be negative presence. Any company with this kind of public reputation will undoubtedly face some hurdles.

As Benjamin Franklin once said, “it takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.”

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