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Monsanto Emails Raise Issue of Influencing Research/media on Roundup Weed Killer

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posted on Aug, 2 2017 @ 02:39 PM
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Long thread....

Mr. Partridge, vice president of global strategy for Monsanto, said these docs should have remained secret. And that monsanto lawyers didn't take proper action to insure that they did. Oops.


“What you’re seeing are some cherry-picked things that can be made to look bad,” Mr. Partridge said. “But the substance and the science are not affected by this.”

R. Brent Wisner, a partner at Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, the firm that released the documents, said Monsanto had erred by not filing a required motion seeking continued protection of the documents. Monsanto said no such filing was necessary.

“Clearly Monsanto’s lawyers made a mistake,” Mr. Wisner said. “They didn’t properly take action to preserve the confidentiality of these documents.”

He added, “Now the world gets to see these documents that would otherwise remain secret.”



Monsanto seems to be influencing news and media over the safety of roundup-according to newly released documents in a lawsuit. It was internal e-mails that revealed the questions among it's own people to the truth of the research Monsanto was pushing.


Documents released Tuesday in a lawsuit against Monsanto raised new questions about the company’s efforts to influence the news media and scientific research and revealed internal debate over the safety of its highest-profile product, the weed killer Roundup.

The active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, is the most common weed killer in the world and is used by farmers on row crops and by home gardeners. While Roundup’s relative safety has been upheld by most regulators, a case in federal court in San Francisco continues to raise questions about the company’s practices and the product itself.
www.nytimes.com...

Some researchers and academics come down on either side of this research and internal docs show some very serious questions to the research and who is writing it. One accusation was that the ghost writing research-meaning that the company line is basically given to a researcher or study and they plop their name on it.
Monsanto says it is just a complete understanding that has been worked out. But Monsanto was furious about the docs being released.The company feels that standard confidentiality order was violated.


The documents underscore the lengths to which the agrochemical company goes to protect its image. Documents show that Henry I. Miller, an academic and a vocal proponent of genetically modified crops, asked Monsanto to draft an article for him that largely mirrored one that appeared under his name on Forbes’s website in 2015. Mr. Miller could not be reached for comment.

A similar issue appeared in academic research. An academic involved in writing research funded by Monsanto, John Acquavella, a former Monsanto employee, appeared to express discomfort with the process, writing in a 2015 email to a Monsanto executive, “I can’t be part of deceptive authorship on a presentation or publication.” He also said of the way the company was trying to present the authorship: “We call that ghost writing and it is unethical.”

A Monsanto official said the comments were the result of “a complete misunderstanding” that had been “worked out,” while Mr. Acquavella said in an email on Tuesday that “there was no ghostwriting” and that his comments had been related to an early draft and a question over authorship that was resolved.





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posted on Aug, 2 2017 @ 02:52 PM
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a reply to: seasonal

Not really unexpected news. Science in the country is for sale, gov't oversight is a sham, and the ceo's of major corporations have no moral values whatsoever. Everyone in the world knows that glyphosate is extremely dangerous and harmful for a lot of reasons. Yet no one does anything about it.



posted on Aug, 2 2017 @ 03:12 PM
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The real dangers have been exposed again and again.

And their "scientifically" lame responses too.

here's a 4 year old thread that reveals some interesting facts....

Monsanto and Big Food Pull Out the Big Guns


the punch line is .....

2 Months Later..




posted on Aug, 2 2017 @ 03:24 PM
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a reply to: TobyFlenderson

Perhaps this would be a good reason to ban the back and forth hiring that the govt does with big corps like Monsanto.

For instance Clarence Thomas was an attorney with the Monsanto Chemical Company. We need a solid policy on when politicians and judges (if there is a difference) recuse themselves.



posted on Aug, 2 2017 @ 09:11 PM
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a reply to: seasonal


Half of Monsanto were appointed major positions in the Obama admin. Now the chemical/frankengenes-scumbags are even more connected than ever. But wait! It gets better...

Monsanto is merging with the pharm. company BAYER in 2018. Bayer sold HIV-infected drugs, knowingly, & for a profit in the 80s. Both scumbag, murderous organizations..



posted on Aug, 2 2017 @ 09:17 PM
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Bayer is a real winner. Some day the anti trust laws will be applied.


You should know that, among others, Bayer bought prisoners in WWII in order to experiment on them

www.zmescience.com...



posted on Aug, 2 2017 @ 09:20 PM
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a reply to: seasonal

Isn't this just a rehash of this thread?

www.abovetopsecret.com...

Written by you..



posted on Aug, 2 2017 @ 09:26 PM
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originally posted by: xuenchen
The real dangers have been exposed again and again.

And their "scientifically" lame responses too.

here's a 4 year old thread that reveals some interesting facts....

Monsanto and Big Food Pull Out the Big Guns


the punch line is .....

2 Months Later..



Very dangerous when science is being manipulated for profit. Throw enough mud in the water and no one can see anything.



posted on Aug, 2 2017 @ 11:52 PM
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a reply to: seasonal

The only problem with your idea is that it does not help the government, the corporations, or the millionaires who run both of them. It would only help us, the unwashed masses and therefore will never be done.



posted on Aug, 3 2017 @ 07:20 AM
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a reply to: TobyFlenderson

Correct. Citizens are not in the equations when these obvious conflicts of interest come to light.

Money, sex and power, and the order of those can be changed.



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