On February 6, 2018, the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) sent a senior scientist, Dr. Jennifer Sass, to Capitol Hill to testify before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology during a hearing called “In Defense of Scientific Integrity: Examining the ” Monograph Programme and Glyphosate Review.
“reputation and integrity” have been under attack by Monsanto as a result of the agency’s ’s2015 conclusion that glyphosate, the most-used pesticide in the world, “probably” causes cancer in humans. applied this Group 2A designation for glyphosate-based herbicides following an independent review of the evidence by a working group made up of 17 cancer scientists from 11 countries.
Following this announcement, Monsanto launched an “unprecedented” effort to undermine the glyphosate cancer classification. Dr. Sass reports in her recent blog that the goals of this attack campaign are three fold:and the
- Support glyphosate registrations and approvals worldwide, what Monsanto officials and scientists call protecting Roundup’s “Freedom to Operate” (FTO) in internal company communications;
- Defend itself against ongoing litigation brought by several hundred farmers and applicators suffering from non-Hodgkin lymphoma that they feel was caused by exposure to Roundup; and
- Prevent labeling of glyphosate-containing products as containing a in the State of California.
Monsanto’s multi-faceted campaign to de-legitimize the covered on Hygeia. Throughout the campaign, Monsanto has used classic techniques for “creating ‘doubt’ about scientific evidence that has policy implications. Such strategies can be traced to the ‘playbook’ of the tobacco industry for discrediting findings related to active and passive smoking” (Dr. Jonathan Samet, quoted in Sass, 2018).’s cancer ruling has been underway for nearly three years, and was recently the topic of a high-profile, European Parliament hearing, part of which is
In her blog, Sass takes a closer look at the “oft-spouted false or manipulative claims” Monsanto has used to cast doubt on the video excerpt from the hearing that NRDC released on Twitter.ruling. Also check out this
Jennifer SASS, Testimony before US House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Full Committee Hearing – “In Defense of Scientific Integrity: Examining the Monograph Programme and Glyphosate Review,” Washington, D.C., February 6, 2018.
Jennifer Sass, “Monsanto Mouthpieces: House Science Committee, NRDC Expert Blog, February 20, 2018. , EU-EFSA,”