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French Media Destroys Bayer/Monsanto with New Lobbying, Fake News and Bullying Revelations

Sustainable Pulse – Feb 3, 2019

In a weekend of fury against Bayer/Monsanto the French media has gone on the attack against the powerful company’s lobbying, fake news and bullying tactics.

Le Monde (Thursday 31st): By Stéphane Foucart and Stéphane Horel

Glyphosate: How Monsanto conducts its media war

“Let nothing go”: mentioned in the “Monsanto Papers” several times, the name of this media counter-offensive, intended to defend their products tooth and nail in the media or social networks and online forums. The documents put in the public domain by a US federal judge reveal some elements of the operation of this program, but its operator remained unknown until now.

According to our information, it is the firm Fleishman-Hillard – one of the largest U.S. public relations companies – which has been mandated in France and Europe to implement the program. It is intended to promote false public debate on Bayer/Monsanto’s products.

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Monsanto, pesticides heavyweight and specialist on information kits

Le Monde (Thursday 31st): By Stéphane Foucart and Stéphane Horel

“Thanks, Kate,” signed “Sam” at the end of his email. “Kate” is Kate Kelland a reporter for Reuters, the big British news agency. “Sam” Murphey works as Global Head of External Affairs for Monsanto. As an attachment to his email dated April 27, 2017, he attached a six-page document –  “information kit” – with each element falsely fueling the impression that the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) deliberately ignored data that could have changed its decision to classify glyphosate as “a probable carcinogen” for humans.

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EXCLUSIVE. Nicolas Hulot (Ex-French Enviornment Minister): “Monsanto asked a Belgian pharmacy company to take care of my reputation”

Le Journal du Dimanche (Saturday 2nd February): By Anne-Laure Barret

Nicolas Hulot delivers his opinion on Monsanto – “the worst firm in the world”.

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GMO: what the Monsanto Papers reveal about lobbying in France

Le Parisien (January 17th): By Gaël Lombart

A new document that we reveal suggests that an ‘independent’ scientist interceded for Monsanto with French agencies in 2012. Objective: to weigh in on the continuation of the sale of its transgenic maize NK 603, following the Seralini study, which showed the dangers associated with the GMO.

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How much a life? Monsanto trial exposes risks of Roundup herbicide

Rabble.ca     Lois Ross      August 23, 2018

As a Saskatchewan resident for many years, I often heard the phrase “Roundup Ready.” It was coined as if it were a harmless jingle for soda pop. The ad still rings in my ears.

All farmers know of Roundup, the most effective weed killer. Most urbanites do as well. The way the corporate giant Monsanto has marketed, promoted, and created an artificial need for Roundup is a true story of profiteering and avarice. Now, finally, even some courts are accepting that it likely kills much more than just weeds and that Monsanto has acted to cover up concerns about the safety of Roundup.

A few years ago, Dewayne Johnson, a courageous man and one who is also dying of cancer, launched a lawsuit against Monsanto. In early August, Johnson had his day in court — and won. He showed that David can still take down Goliath — something that some of us had begun to wonder about given all the nasty stories of corporate greed, seed manipulation and cover-ups we have come to know.

But some days there are heroes. And Dewayne Johnson and the thousands of cancer patients now suing Monsanto are modern-day heroes. The 46-year-old father of two was composed in court as the San Francisco jury sided with him, noting that exposure to Roundup was a substantial factor in his getting cancer, and ordering Monsanto to pay Johnson $289 million in damages. Monsanto states it will appeal, but the appeal will cost the transnational corporation $25 million a year in interest should their appeal not be successful. Reason to pause, perhaps, for a bit of reflection.

Meanwhile, Bayer, the German company that bought Monsanto a few years ago, saw its stock plunge by billions following the court decision.

For years many have been concerned that Roundup causes cancer. Many have also been concerned about the marketing of genetically modified (GM) seed, specifically modified to only grow if used with glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup.

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Monsanto ordered to pay $289m as jury rules weedkiller caused man’s cancer

Aug 11, 2018 – The Guardian

Monsanto suffered a major blow with a jury ruling that the company was liable for a terminally ill man’s cancer, awarding him $289m in damages.

Dewayne Johnson, a 46-year-old former groundskeeper, won a huge victory in the landmark case on Friday, with the jury determining that Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller caused his cancer and that the corporation failed to warn him of the health hazards from exposure. The jury further found that Monsanto “acted with malice or oppression”.

Johnson’s lawyers argued over the course of a month-long trial in San Francisco that Monsanto had “fought science” for years and targeted academics who spoke up about possible health risks of the herbicide product. Johnson was the first person to take the agrochemical corporation to trial over allegations that the chemical sold under the brand Roundup causes cancer.

In the extraordinary verdict, which Monsanto said it intends to appeal, the jury ruled that the company was responsible for “negligent failure” and knew or should have known that its product was “dangerous”.

“We were finally able to show the jury the secret, internal Monsanto documents proving that Monsanto has known for decades that … Roundup could cause cancer,” Johnson’s lawyer Brent Wisner said in a statement. The verdict, he added, sent a “message to Monsanto that its years of deception regarding Roundup is over and that they should put consumer safety first over profits”.

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Bayer + Monsanto = A Match Made in Hell (23 min)

Corbettreport – June 23, 2018

TRANSCRIPT AND MP3 AUDIO: https://www.corbettreport.com/bayer/

It is hardly surprising that the first thing Bayer did after completing their takeover of Monsanto earlier this month was to announce that they were dropping the Monsanto name, merging the two companies’ agrichemical divisions under the Bayer Crop Science name. After all, as everyone knows, Monsanto is one of the most hated corporations in the world. But Bayer itself has an equally atrocious history of death and destruction. Together they are a match made in hell.

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Background: Genetically Modified Wheat Contamination in Canada and the US

There are no genetically engineered (genetically modified or GM) wheat varieties approved anywhere in the world. None have ever been commercially grown and sold. However, field trials of different GM wheat varieties continue in Canada and the US, at undisclosed locations.

Contamination from Monsanto’s GM herbicide-tolerant wheat

 

Monsanto’s GM trait for glyphosate-tolerance was found in wheat plants growing on a road in southern Alberta in 2017, in a contamination incident reported by Canadian regulators on June 14, 2018.[i]

There have been three GM wheat contamination incidents reported in the US (2013, 2014, 2016), all with Monsanto’s GM herbicide-tolerant (glyphosate-tolerant) “Roundup Ready” wheat.

In 2004, Monsanto withdrew its request for approval of its GM “Roundup Ready” wheat in Canada and the US after protests from farmers and consumers along with resistance in the international market.

The last time Monsanto grew trials of its GM wheat in Canada was in 2004 (2005 in the US).[ii]

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Monsanto in Epic Fail with Attempted Attack on Global Glyphosate Study

Sustainable Pulse – May 22nd, 2018

The peer-reviewed accepted manuscripts from the pilot phase of the Global Glyphosate Study were revealed last Wednesday in a Press Conference at the European Parliament.

The results of the short-term pilot study showed that glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs) were able to alter certain important biological parameters in rats, mainly relating to sexual development, genotoxicity and the alteration of the intestinal microbiome, at the ‘safe’ level of 1.75 mg/kg/day set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

As is normal practice for Monsanto, their Public Relations department was soon in action to try and crush the scientists involved and the study results, which could cause major damage to the product that supports their whole business model – the glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup.

However, this time their PR campaign against the Study was only met with contempt and disdain from journalists, politicians and the public in countries across Europe.

The Global Glyphosate Study involves The Ramazzini Institute, the University of Bologna (Faculty of Agriculture, Veterinary Science and Biostatistics) the Genoa Hospital San Martino, the Italian National Institute of Health, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York and the George Washington University.

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