Tuesday, April 19, 2016 by Tara Paras
There’s no denying it — an increasing number of countries have now been joining the battle against Monsanto and its products. In the Netherlands, for instance, the Dutch parliament already voted to ban the sale of glyphosate-based herbicides to private parties. Initially, Monsanto’s connections prevented the enactment of the proposal; however, thanks to the influence of the Party for Animals — a Dutch political party placing an emphasis on animal rights and welfare — the ban was eventually put into effect.
Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, has been linked to a variety of diseases, including headaches, skin rashes, mood changes and, of course, cancer. (For more information about this devastating disease, please visit the Natural Cancer Prevention Summit.) While the Dutch parliament’s decision sets an ideal precedent for the U.S. government, it seems that Monsanto’s clout amongst U.S. legislators remains strong.
For instance, despite the fact that the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), declared that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans,” Monsanto maintains that the product is safe, when used as directed by the label. Furthermore, they argue that the IARC findings are flawed, declaring in a press release that “relevant, scientific data was excluded from review,” among other things.
In a May 2015 episode of The Doctors, Monsanto scientist Dr. Donna Farmer even expressed her confidence in glyphosate’s safety for human health, stating: “I’ve seen those headlines and I know people have lots of questions. I am extremely, highly confident in this product as a mom and then I can back it up as a scientist.”
Aside from capitalizing on her role as a mom, her statements in support of Monsanto also included mentions of how Germany has found no issues with glyphosate and how the IARC also assesses other potential health hazards, such as cellphone use and canned pickles.
Dr. Farmer stood firm in her views even when Jeffrey Smith, the author of Seeds of Deception, cited specific cases in the United States and France where courts convicted Monsanto for lying about glyphosate levels in soil, as well as the fact that the chemical has long been linked to causing problems in the endocrine system.
While more and more citizens concerned about the dangers of glyphosate are now participating in movements to undermine Monsanto’s influence, the United States government unfortunately remains steadfast in its decision to support the GMO-loving corporation.
In fact, up to this day, the Congress, the FDA and the Obama administration continue to ignore the clamor of millions of Americans for GMO labeling in the country. Meanwhile, numerous regions have banned the chemical, including Canada, Sri Lanka and Colombia, which recently voted to end the aerial spraying of glyphosate to kill coca plants in the fight on drugs.
Whether or not we’ll see a total Monsanto ban in this lifetime remains to be seen.