Attorneys for a California couple who claim Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer gave them both cancer tried to convince an Oakland state court jury Thursday that the agrochemical company engaged in decades of fraud to hide the fact that the herbicide is carcinogenic…..See: https://www.courthousenews.com/roundup-trial-monsanto-used-fake-data-to-win-over-regulators/
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The Poison Papers featured in this article by Daniel Ross on the new TSCA
On a recent trip through Hawai’i as a guest of Hawai‘i Seed, Jonathan Latham, Director of the Project, talked at the University of Hawai’i.
Industrial agriculture is logically dependent on infringing on the quality of life, often catastrophically, of diverse creatures. The islands comprising Hawai’i exhibit those harms perhaps more than anywhere else on earth. Using new revelations of the Poison Papers (www.poisonpapers.org) as examples of how regulators fail to protect us I discuss the true extent of those toxic impacts. Even without revelations such as the Poison Papers however, we already know enough to stop supporting industrial agriculture, yet governments continue to do so, showering them with subsidies and other incentives. The reasons they decide wrongly are in part about economics and in part about scientific corruption; but here I point to an underlying conceptual flaw in our collective cultural understanding of life itself. Critiquing our standard, but illogical, modern interpretation of the nature of life is an overlooked key to understanding the the tragic and disastrous policies and practices prevailing in agriculture. But immediately obvious too is that the misunderstanding of life pervades much more broadly–into the justice system, into education, and into healthcare, to name just a few of those domains.
The academic journal Critical Reviews in Toxicology issued corrections yesterday for articles that were published in a 2016 supplemental issue dedicated to reviewing the safety of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer. Yet that it’s corrections are radically incomplete, claims Law firm Baum Hedlund.
In this lecture Dr. Jonathan Latham, Director of the Bioscience Resource Project, talks about the importance of the 20,000-document Poison Papers collection and how it exposes problems with both the internal culture of the EPA and its legal framework that prevent precautionary decision-making, even when the science clearly points to danger. The documents known as the Poison Papers were collected over a period of 40 years by Carol Van Strum, Diane Hebert, Eric Coppolino, and Peter von Stackelberg, who served as custodians of the documents, gathering, storing, scanning, and distributing them. The Park Foundation, The Bioscience Resource Project, Center for Media and Democracy, and the late Rosalind Peterson helped fund this endeavor.