The “what did they know, and when did they know it” question is making the rounds these days. Nowhere is that question more relevant than in relation to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Monsanto.
According to an article by US Right to Know’s Carey Gillam, and published this week in Huffington Post:
A new court filing made on behalf of dozens of people claiming Monsanto Co.’s Roundup herbicide gave them cancer includes information about alleged efforts within the Environmental Protection Agency to protect Monsanto’s interests and unfairly aid the agrichemical industry.
The plot summary goes like this. Jess Rowland, a onetime top EPA official who had a cozy relationship with Monsanto, authored a report finding that Monsanto’s glyphosate was not carcinogenic. In 2013, Marion Copley, a then -30-year career EPA toxicologist accused Rowland of colluding with Monsanto, and in official correspondence to Rowland wrote: “It is essentially certain that glyphosate causes cancer.”
Few of us would be shocked to learn of collusion between Monsanto and the EPA to cover up the truth about glyphosate. In fact, little about Monsanto’s absolute disregard for truth, much less health or safety, even so much as surprises us anymore.
Why bother to persist in exposing Monsanto’s lies? When we're up against such powerful adversaries? Because as one wise person put it:
Remember this: heroism is not just the single dramatic moment. Heroism can also be the long, vulnerable tedium of a reporter insisting on truth and accountability.
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