Monsanto's Herbicide Roundup (…probably causes cancer in humans." Duh!

From todays New York Times, Op-Ed by Mark Bittman titled “Stop Making Us Guinea Pigs”

“The issues surrounding G.M.O.s — genetically modified organisms — have never been simple. They became more complicated last week when the International Agency for Research on Cancer declared that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the widely used herbicide Roundup, probably causes cancer in humans. Two insecticides, malathion and diazinon, were also classified as “probable” carcinogens by the agency, a respected arm of the World Health Organization…

…Nor is it surprising that it took so long — Roundup has been used since the 1970s — to discover its likely carcinogenic properties. There is a sad history of us acting as guinea pigs for the novel chemicals that industry develops. For this we have all too often paid with our damaged health.

Rarely is that damage instantaneous, but it’s safe to say that novel biotechnologies broadly deployed may well have unexpected consequences. Yet unlike Europeans, Canadians, Australians and others, we don’t subscribe to the precautionary principle, which maintains that it’s better to prevent damage than repair it.

We ask not whether a given chemical might cause cancer but whether we’re certain that it does.…”

4 Responses to Monsanto's Herbicide Roundup (…probably causes cancer in humans." Duh!

  1. Anonymous says:

    you pretty much said it all…


    on a similar note,

    did you all know the reasons Strawberries are the fruit/veg which is most polluted with chemicals?

    before planting, the ground is impregnated with serious chit chemicals, throughout what is to be the entire strawberry field. this is to kill off the weeds. of course it kills everything, and the "drift"/dust from winds is not so swell to living critters/humans either.

    then, after planting, more chemicals are used, "to make perfect strawberries free from any bug nibbles, etc."

    yum yum

  2. Anonymous says:

    Look, Bill Nye – you know, THE SCIENCE GUY! investigated all this by you know like reaching out to the Monsanto scienmajicians and he said like it is all really very cool and nuttin tuh worry about so jes chill, 'k?

  3. Anonymous says:

    oh yah…fer shur….Bill Nye is quite the guy…

    suspect bout now he is wealthy guy, too….??? ….suspect one's bank account does most well with scienmajicians

  4. Anonymous says:

    A secret Monsanto document in the Maui GMO case

    Judge who will decide the case can read everything Monsanto offers in its defence, but the lawyers against Monsanto don’t have full access and so can’t argue their side from full knowledge

    EXCERPT: This echoes of cases where prosecutors claim “national security” as an issue. In those instances, documents are either excluded as evidence, or only redacted versions are allowed in. Is this what we’re dealing with here? Monsanto’s concerns have become, in a federal court, a matter of national security?

    Revealed: A secret Monsanto document in the Maui GMO case

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