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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Monsanto charged with crimes against humanity

Although this is from Dec 2015, it should not be forgotten:
Earlier this year, dozens of food, farming, and environmental justice groups announced they will put Monsanto on trial for “crimes against nature and humanity” on October 16, 2016 (World Food Day), in The Hague, Netherlands.

The steering committee1 for the Monsanto Tribunal includes Vandana Shiva, Corinne Lepage (former environment minister of France), Gilles-Éric Séralini (toxicologist researching toxicities of GMOs and glyphosate), and Olivier De Schutter (former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food), among others. See
CBS This Morning recently interviewed Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant about the lack of transparency when it comes to foods containing genetically engineered (GE) ingredients, and why the company spent $10 million to defeat GMO labeling in Colorado and Oregon alone. (GMO food labeling will allow people to make a choice. Monsanto is against choice.)
Monsanto is fine with science, as long as it doesn't decrease profits. So when IARC, the gold standard for studies, tried to interrupt Monsanto money, this happened:
On the list of “horrible” things Monsanto does on a regular basis: paying scientists to develop support for its toxins. When the IARC concluded that glyphosate is a probable carcinogen, Monsanto was quick to demand a retraction, charging the internationally recognized experts with conducting “junk science.” This time the charge didn’t stick, however — probably because the IARC is considered the global gold standard for carcinogenicity studies. 


Monsanto has their own blog and responds to tribunal.

A German study from 2008 found glyphosate in the urine of ALL people. (German, English, French, and printable versions available for free.)

UPDATE 2/23/2016:

A summary of the IARC study was published in The Lancet Oncology. And here it is at Lancet Oncology, free full article. Alternate site.

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