An EPA official is implicated in a cover-up involving glyphosate (Roundup®) and Monsanto
Once again Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup®, is in trouble.
In an expose’ posted by Lori Alton, staff writer for NaturalHealth365 (March 26, 2017), EPA official Jess Rowland, a former deputy at the EPA Office of Pesticide Programs, is being accused of breaking ethics rules and collaborating with Monsanto to institute a cover-up of its decision to declare that Roundup® is not likely to be a carcinogen.
While working at the EPA, Rowland chaired a Cancer Assessment Review Committee – which found “insignificant evidence” to conclude that glyphosate (Roundup®) causes cancer, and determined that glyphosate was “not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.”
Attorneys representing 50 lawsuits accusing Monsanto of failing to warn of the cancer risk associated with glyphosate, is also seeking to depose Rowland (compel him to respond to questions) regarding his association with Monsanto. The EPA denied the request to have him deposed but a US District Judge believes the deposition is “appropriate”.
Monsanto is not happy and is trying to keep internal documents from the public, stating that a significant portion of them should be kept confidential. However, since the EPA is a governmental body and works (ostensibly) for the people who are the government, the plaintiff’s attorneys are insisting interactions with Monsanto should be subject to public scrutiny, implying that Rowland’s primary goal was to help Monsanto.
I think it is time to step up and demand that Monsanto releases all documents and communications between them and the EPA, especially with Rowland.
You can read Taetske’s experience with Roundup ® by clicking here.
Update on Pesticides
Have you ever thought of what pesticides are doing to children? The so-called tolerance levels that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (the EPA) suggests are safe for human consumption, are only good for the agriculture industry. These levels are not safe for infants and children. Ignoring growing research that pesticides are harmful to the very young in low concentrations, the EPA continues to allow more pesticides on fruits and vegetables than scientist’s document as being safe.
Brain Damage caused by Pesticides
Even in small doses, pesticides like chlorpyrifos have been linked to brain damage and damage to the nervous system in children. Who would want to knowingly feed their children something so damaging? A child who eats 1 piece of fruit like a peach or even only 1 strawberry with the allowable residues of chlorpyrifos, exceeds EPA’s own safe exposure levels. I just wonder how that can be. I thought these institutions were meant to protect the people and also the environment. It seems our environment gets more and more polluted every day and people’s health does is not important at all.
EPA is not functioning well
This information comes from EWG Action Alert and it is good this information gets out. EPA’s role in our society is not what it should be. Instead of keeping us from harm, the EPA allows harmful products to be used on fruits and vegetables. Nearly 70% of all conventional fruits or veggies test positive for at least 1 pesticide, even after having been washed and peeled.
Grow and or buy Organic
Knowing of the prevalence of pesticides in our food supply, it is easy to understand the drive to buy organic and if you are lucky to have a plot of land to grow your own food. That is the only thing you can do to prevent or at least ameliorate the disastrous effect of having chosen Mr. Scott Pruitt as the director of the Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to Pruitt’s appointment, EPA had shown signs of wanting to reduce the huge amount of pesticides used each day. With this person being installed as the director of the EPA, our hope of a cleaner environment went up in smoke.
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