-By John Dillon
Fake News is one thing; but “fake scientific research” is quite another.
The first we can heatedly argue; the latter will put an end to us.
Enter stage right, Monsanto.
It appears that Monsanto Corporation, a company that has cornered the world market in providing herbicides, insecticides, and questionable genetic modifications, has worked for decades to produce falsified “research papers” that were ghost written by executives and officials and then handed over to legitimate scientists for editing?
Why? In order later to affix their names on the documents as supportive of false findings; when in fact, they were only asked to edit a section or paragraph here and there for clarification, appropriate attributions, sentence construction, etc.
Despite all the “evidence” produced over the years by Monsanto, the state of California has decided to list glyphosate – the chief active ingredient in Roundup herbicide – as a likely carcinogen. This follows the same designation given by the World Health organization in March of 2015.
One trillion, four hundred million tons of Roundup are used on crops and lawns across the world annually; the United States consumes nearly 20% of the herbicide: 280 million pounds per year.
As the CEO Hugh Grant notes in his company’s letter to shareholders this last year, “From the Earth’s deepest roots to its highest satellites, we are more connected than ever to our planet and the food it produces. At Monsanto, we believe these connections hold the key to unlocking positive potential for growers and consumers.”
And a positive potential for profits as well. The company’s revenues exceed $15 billion annually.