The US Environmental Protection Agency has insisted on Monsanto's controversial glyphosate weedkiller Roundup is safe, despite the fact that the court edition estimates it a carcinogen and studies that support them. Is Monsanto pulling his strings?
" EPA has been the subject of regulatory capture. The relationship between the regulator – the EPA and the regulated-Monsanto is close to ", lawyer Michael Baum RT said. With reference to " Monsanto papers ," documents released in the lawsuit against the firm, Baum did not say words: " The documents show that EPA protects Monsanto and does not protect the public ."
] EPA maintained "glyphosate is not a carcinogen " in an announcement earlier this week and insists " there is no danger to public health when glyphosate is used in accordance with its current label ." But the agency's words are in stark contrast to two major legal guardians of the past year, where juries held the flagship weedkiller Monsanto-Bayer responsible for the prosecutors non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a particular type of cancer that has been linked in epidemiological studies to Roundup use .
" EPA does not follow the guidelines for assessing the carcinogenicity of the chemicals to be counted and evaluated ," Baum said he marked e-mail messages between the author of an EPA carcinogenicity report and a Monsanto leader asking how He should count the tumors displayed on mice in a Roundup study.
EPA has also refused to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos, despite over 30 studies demonstrating it, causing autism, among a variety of neurodevelopmental and other health problems, including tremor, headaches and loss of coordination . Manufacturer Dow Chemicals has contributed generously to President Donald Trump's campaign and reported heavily on EPA to keep its product on the market.
Not that the EPA needs much convincing – the agency denied a petition in 2017 to interrupt chlorpyrifos records, and insisted that science had not yet been settled on the pesticide's neurodevelopmental effects. When the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered it to ban the drug within 60 days of last year, the EPA immediately appealed the decision.
As a result, local authorities have entered the breach. New York introduced the law to ban glyphosate injections into city parks last year, and Los Angeles demanded a moratorium on its use in March after the second court decision closed Roundup to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Glyphosate was added to California's list of chemicals " known to cause cancer " in 2017. Even companies have gone up on the plate – wholesaler Costco no longer sells Roundup.
A group of former EPA researchers recently found Roundup exposure increases the risk of developing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma by 41 percent. They have accused the agency " not following their own rules " in evaluating glyphosate, and a 2016 EPA study allegedly showing glyphosate had "low human toxicity " currently being reviewed. The World Health Organization ruled glyphosate is " probably carcinogenic to humans " in 2015.
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