In December 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) convened a science advisory panel to carry out a peer-review of its finding that glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer. The EPA’s report on this panel kept the scientists’ concerns about both glyphosate safety and the EPA review procedures vague. However, a recent Bloomberg expose looked deeper into the 1,300 page transcript (bloomberg.com). Bloomberg journalists report that a majority of the scientists found the EPA’s evaluation of glyphosate as safe to be flawed and inaccurate.
Glyphosate is the key ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup®, which is highly profitable to the company and is widely used around the world with their genetically modified “Roundup Ready” seeds. In 2015, the renowned International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization (WHO) classified glyphosate as a “probable human carcinogen” after an extensive study of peer-reviewed science.
IARC identified that glyphosate causes cancer through causing oxidative stress, which a Monsanto-hired toxicologist also reported directly to the company in the 90s. Monsanto dismissed his report, along with reports from their toxicologist in the 80s, who found glyphosate to cause cancer in mice.
Eight of the 15 experts at the December hearing called out the EPA for inaccurately presenting data in several manners, such as shaving decimal points. In the words of one biostatistician, there was a “consensus” on the panel that the EPA failed to follow its own guidelines. Bloomberg reports that four of six reviewers examining crucial data concluded the EPA was incorrect in its analysis. The two who backed the EPA were private consultants. The four university researchers who disagreed with EPA finding conveyed that the meta-analyses they reviewed were statistically significant and showed farmers and agricultural workers exposed to glyphosate “had an elevated risk ratio for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma of 1.27 to 1.5, meaning they were at 27 percent to 50 percent higher risk than control groups,” (bloomberg.com).
Collusion between the EPA and Monsanto to cover and spin scientific findings related to glyphosate has been revealed through the unsealing of internal emails and documents. These were unsealed during discovery in a consolidated lawsuit against Monsanto on behalf of victims who have developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in the United States. The Miller Firm is co-lead counsel in this litigation. The Miller Firm and its co-counsel also have evidence of how other ingredients in Roundup® are carcinogenic and that when they are combined with glyphosate, they present a compounded danger to human health.
The Miller Firm is presently accepting clients who developed non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma after exposure to Roundup®. If this has happened to you, please visit our Roundup Lawsuit Page to request a free consultation. You are also invited to call The Miller Firm at 1-800-882-2525.