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Chutzpah

Monsanto’s feeling a bit put out. And what happens when the Biotech Bully is unhappy?

It attacks.

This time, Monsanto is suing the state of California for requiring products that contain glyphosate (the key active ingredient in Roundup weedkiller) to carry a “may cause cancer” warning.

California added glyphosate to its list of cancer-causing chemicals in July, based on the March 2015 conclusion by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic.” The state will require products that contain glyphosate to carry warnings by July 2018.

We’re not surprised that Monsanto’s going to court over this. The chemical/biotech company has a long history of bullying farmers, scientists, the media—even the victims of its Roundup poison who are struggling with cancers like non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

But we do have to give Monsanto extra chutzpah points for this twisted quote from Scott Partridge, VP of global strategy:

“Such warnings would equate to compelled false speech, directly violate the First Amendment, and generate unwarranted public concern and confusion.” 

Sorry, Mr. Monsanto Spokesman. Consumers aren't "confused." We're irate that Monsanto has been getting away with murder for decades. And insulted that you would imply that the truth about Monsanto's products is too confusing for us to grasp.

As for the First Amendment nonsense . . . seriously?

Chutzpah aside, Monsanto is a scourge on our land, a disastrous wrong turn in the history of agriculture.

With your help, we will end Monsanto's madness.

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