Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Monsanto Launches Smear Campaign Against Doctor Oz And The World Health Organization

Activists have long expressed concern that Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer and its active ingredient, glyphosate, could be linked to increased risk of cancer and other health concerns. Yet a recent study from a division under the World Health Organization has brought the issue into greater prominence than ever.
In turn, Monsanto is responding with a public relations initiative designed to save the reputation of one of its key innovations, which has evolved from being used solely as a weed killer to being a generic chemical found in many products.
There’s been a decades-long debate over the safety of glyphosate, with the Food and Drug Administration first labelling the product carcinogenic in 1985 then changing their findings to label it safe in 1991. The newest report, released last month, is from the International Agency for Research On Cancer, or IARC, a division of the WHO that is considered a top authority on the subject.
IARC classifies every substance on a scale of 1 through 4, with 1 reflecting extremely carcinogenic substances and 4 reflecting substances which are extremely safe. Based on a review of many studies and scientific findings by over a dozen experts, the IARC determined glyphosate falls into category 2A, indicating that glyphosate “probably” causes cancer.
In a video for his YouTube series Risk Bites, Andrew Maynard, a professor of environmental science at the University of Michigan, elaborates on this category, explaining that while these substances are clearly linked to cancer in animals, “if the data on cancer in humans is … still not conclusive, the substance is likely to be put in group 2A and labeled a probable carcinogen.”

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