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“The most important thing to realize is that you cannot wash glyphosate off food since it is incorporated into each cell of the plant.” Dr. Jill Carnahan, M.D.
“Children do not have the enzymes in their livers to detox and break down toxins, especially infants and the unborn children. There are NO safe levels.” Andre Leu, President IFOAM, Australia at the Monsanto Tribunal
“*Please don’t be a smartypants and say, “Hey, all crops are genetically modified”. Yes, yes, we have been selectively breeding plants for thousands of years. We all know that. But the term “GMOs” refers to the recent development of “gene splicing” and the development of transgenic crops, creating forms of life that nature, or selective breeding, could never have created. Jonathan Foley, Ph.D https://globalecoguy.org/zombie-gmo-myths-a59123a403f2
“If we are going to live so intimately with these chemicals--eating and drinking them, taking them into the very marrow of our bones--we had better know something about their nature and their power.” Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
Latest update on the Monsanto trial on glyphosate & non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
On Monday, the jury learned that even that estimate may be optimistic. Lee’s expert oncologist, Dr. Nabhan, testified that at his most recent medical examination, Lee “lit up” the pet scan. Within his body, the cancer is growing much faster than predicted.
Day 10: Secret Documents Reveal Monsanto’s War on Cancer Scientists
On Tuesday, July 24, the Johnson vs. Monsanto trial resumed with video testimony from Monsanto’s toxicologist, Donna Farmer, who leads the chemical company’s deceptively named Product Safety Center, and who has been a lifelong nemesis of environmental, safe food and farming advocates.
It wasn’t easy getting Farmer’s videotaped testimony. Here’s the backstory. When our legal team sent a process server to Farmer’s home in St. Louis, to subpoena her testimony, Farmer was observed fleeing through a backyard fence. We had the block staked out and successfully served the summons. But to spare her the risks of live testimony, Monsanto fought Farmer’s subpoena to a standoff in Missouri’s Supreme Court. Monsanto’s stonewalling meant that our San Francisco jury saw only clips of Farmer’s videotaped deposition taken by my colleague, Mike Miller of The Miller Firm.
The video shows Farmer emphatically denying that her role at the company was “protecting Roundup” (as opposed to protecting public health) until Miller confronted Farmer with her own email using those very words as her job description. Miller produced another Monsanto document declaring that Farmer’s “number one goal is to defend and maintain the global glyphosate or Roundup business.”
For 25 years, Farmer has accomplished that mission by sewing doubt about the mountainous scientific evidence of Roundup’s toxicity and carcinogenicity. Miller showed Farmer a Monsanto training manual that instructed her, and her Monsanto cronies, how to dodge questions about the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) classification of glyphosate as a human carcinogen. Monsanto schooled its staff in the skills of ducking, bobbing, weaving, or, as the manual put it, “moving from the question [the public asks] to the answer you want to give.”
Farmer excelled in the school of “ducking and weaving.” She perfected every delicate step in the razzle-dazzle tap dance required to maintain the dubious fiction that the world’s most potent weedkiller posed no risk to humans. Farmer admitted writing a secret memo to John Combest of Monsanto’s public affairs group, shortly before we filed our first Roundup lawsuit, cautioning him that: “You can’t say Roundup does not cause cancer. We have not done the carcinogenicity studies with Roundup.”
Miller confronted Farmer with a series of documents chronicling Monsanto’s gymnastic maneuvers to avoid doing such studies. Under Miller’s interrogation, Farmer confessed that her career concern was not public health but regulatory compliance. Monsanto wanted to know only enough about health effects of its product to keep its captive regulators from stirring from their stupor. Monsanto avoided genuine health studies, like cats avoid water, terrified that company scientists would overturn the wrong stone. Farmer carefully guided research projects to tamed or compromised scientists with outcomes that were known in advance. She acknowledged that in 35 years of marketing and selling Roundup, Monsanto performed no studies to determine whether Roundup causes cancer.
In fact, Farmer’s real job at Monsanto was to suppress science and manipulate regulatory agencies. Under a grueling interview by Miller, Farmer acknowledged orchestrating the ghostwriting of articles for supposedly independent scientists who agreed to defend glyphosate. “There’s nothing wrong with that,” she said. “That’s just providing some information for them to choose to incorporate into their document or not.”
Monsanto hired the prestigious toxicologist, Dr. James Parry, hoping that he would punch holes in damaging studies that proved glyphosate to be genotoxic. Unwilling to let Parry off a tight leash, the company opted to perform the studies in-house hoping to identify some discrepancy in the genotoxicity data. Monsanto intended to present its findings to Dr. Parry and persuade Parry to anoint the company’s self-serving conclusions with his prestigious reputation.
When Parry balked and instead prescribed a series of studies he believed necessary to determine the overall safety of Roundup, Farmer’s boss, Dr. Mark Martens, confided to her, “We simply aren’t going to do the studies Parry suggests.” Martens and Farmer agreed that Parry should be prevented from looking at Monsanto’s Roundup formulation samples until he came around to their point of view.
Parry had complained that the samples were necessary for him to complete his safety studies. “I agree we do not send samples to Dr. Parry until we get this sorted out,” Martens told Farmer. Monsanto, he said, was looking for “someone who is comfortable with a genotoxic profile of glyphosate/RoundUp and who can be influential with regulators and scientific outreach operations when genotoxic issues arise,” but, Dr. Martens, despaired, “it would take quite some time and $$$ studies to get [Parry] there."
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