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Makers of Roundup paid ACSH front group to hide evidence

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Internal emails show that Monsanto paid an industry front group for the favor of publishing pro-glyphosate media, right around the time the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) determined it to be a probable carcinogen
  • The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) is a nonprofit organization that claims to be independent but is really an industry front group
  • In the emails, Dr. Daniel Goldstein, the head of medical sciences and outreach at Monsanto, wrote to colleagues about ACSH’s value to the company, stating there was “some money set aside for IARC” and Monsanto “should go ahead and make a contribution” pointing out that ACSH had “dozens of pro-GMO and glyphosate postings” in the prior year
  • Monsanto emails stated the company would contribute to ACSH, adding “definitely count us in!!”; No dollar amount is given, so it’s unclear just how much Monsanto paid for ACSH’s continued defenses
  • ACSH attacked IARC’s findings as “scientific fraud” and called the cancer agency a “fringe group, seemingly more interested in scaring people than identifying actual health threats”

Monsanto's new owner, Bayer, has been slammed with judgments in the first three Roundup lawsuits to go to trial. The verdicts, which have sided with plaintiffs in all cases so far, have found not only that Roundup herbicide caused the plaintiffs' cancers but also that Monsanto engaged in malice, oppression or fraud in their attempts to cover up Roundup's toxicity.

Some of the evidence brought to light during the trials has been particularly eye-opening, including internal emails showing that Monsanto paid an industry front group for the favor of publishing pro-glyphosate media, right around the time the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) determined it to be a probable carcinogen.


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