Glyphosate is the main ingredient in Roundup
“The glyphosate toxicity studies you’re not allowed to see,” gmwatch.org, July 2, 2014.
Glyphosate is the main ingredient in Roundup, Monsanto’s product, which is used in hurricane-like proportions on GMO crops.
Robinson doesn’t baldly assert these secret studies prove the poisonous nature of Roundup, but her piece certainly leads to that conclusion.
Here are the facts:
In China, this year, the Ministry of Agriculture admitted that legalizing the import of Roundup was based on a single toxicology test done in St. Louis.
Monsanto then stated, as Robinson reports, “that the study constituted its own commercial secret, adding that the company had never disclosed the study anywhere in the world and did not agree to disclose it now.”
Why not? Because the study proved Roundup was safe? Are you kidding?
In Europe, two studies on Roundup toxicity are also hidden in the closet.
The European Food Safety Authority and German regulators, Robinson states, “have refused… requests to release the studies, on the grounds that they are commercially confidential information.”
In other words, the studies are owned by a corporation(s).
No problem. Nothing is riding on the results of those studies except the health of the population of Europe.
In 2011, a group called Earth Open Source issued a report: “Roundup and birth defects: Is the public being kept in the dark?”
Robinson writes: “The report found that industry’s own studies conducted in the 1980s and 1990s showed that glyphosate causes birth defects in experimental animals. While the industry studies themselves are held by the German government and remain secret, the Earth Open Source authors examined Germany’s summary report on the studies, which is in the public domain. This report was submitted to the EU Commission and led to glyphosate’s European approval in 2002.”
Germany’s summary report invented various “redefinitions” of birth defects that downplayed their significance, and Roundup was approved for sale.
And again, the actual studies are being held secret.
Let’s see. Studies on the toxicity of Roundup are hidden by Monsanto and government regulators. The studies are called “corporate property.” That’s the justification.
“We own this science and we’re not releasing it. But don’t worry, it’s not important, you’re safe, Roundup is safe, it’s all good.”
Here’s the bottom line. If corporate science is used to justify the safety of corporate products, then that science must be made public in every detail, so it can be examined by people who don’t owe their souls to the corporations.
Anyone who stands in the way of this happening is a rank criminal.
But in this respect, we live in a lawless society. Government protects the corporations and itself.
The US Justice Department wouldn’t arrest and prosecute Monsanto executives who hide toxicity data in a million years.
But poisoning Americans? No problem.
This post originally appeared at www.nomorefakenews.com