New Monsanto Papers Reveal ‘Ghostwriting’ for Members of US Congress in Attempt to Defund IARC

Posted on Aug 16 2019 - 12:07pm by Sustainable Pulse

The U.S. law firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman added 100+ new documents to the Monsanto Papers on Thursday. The new Monsanto Papers documents are available for review via the Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman website.

Prior to, during, and after the first three Monsanto Roundup trials, Baum Hedlund worked to declassify and publish internal Monsanto documents pursuant to the protective orders entered in the cases. The latest batch of Monsanto Papers documents were de-designated on March 1 and July 22.

Among other things, the Monsanto Papers show:

The latest batch of documents reveal Monsanto’s efforts to defund IARC by writing letters on behalf of sitting members of Congress to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which oversees government funding to IARC. Monsanto’s PR teams at FTI Consulting also worked behind the scenes to draft language for legislation aimed at defunding IARC.

The ghostwritten letters to NIH cite articles by Reuters reporter Kate Kelland, a key mouthpiece for Monsanto in its bid to discredit IARC. In 2017, Kelland wrote a story that parroted IARC talking points she received from Monsanto executive Sam Murphey. The talking points, given to Kelland with an exclusive quote from Monsanto’s Vice President Scott Partridge, fueled the impression that IARC deliberately ignored data that would have changed the glyphosate classification. Kelland failed to cite Monsanto as a source in her article.

According to documents, Monsanto was involved in at least two other Kelland articles, and Kelland forwarded a draft of another story to Monsanto before it was published to Reuters.

The documents also show that Monsanto created an ‘Intelligence Fusion Center’ targeting journalists and activists critical of the company, including reporter Carey Gillam of U.S. Right to Know and singer/songwriter Neil Young. The revelations come months after Bayer acknowledged and apologized for allegations that Monsanto kept a secret list of European journalists and lawmakers critical of the company. These allegations, exposed by the newspaper Le Monde, led to a government investigation.

The documents added to the Monsanto Papers are “evidence of the reprehensible and conscious disregard of the rights and safety of others,”said Baum Hedlund managing partner, Michael Baum in an article in The Guardian. “It shows an abuse of their power that they have gained by having achieved such large sales. They’ve got so much money, and there is so much they are trying to protect.”

Defunding IARC

As part of Monsanto’s efforts to discredit the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) after it released a report in 2015 classifying glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen, Monsanto began attempts, as early as 2016, to get the U.S. government to stop its funding of IARC, as the U.S. provides the most funding among approximately 25 countries.

Subsequent to Monsanto’s influence on certain member of Congress, The Committee on Science, Space & Technology (SST) held a hearing on February 6, 2018 titled, “In Defense of Scientific Integrity: Examining the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Monograph Program and Glyphosate Review.”

Prior to the hearing, Minority Committee staff wrote a damning report about Monsanto (Spinning Science & Silencing Scientists: A Case Study in How the Chemical Industry Attempts to Influence Science) to better inform the committee members about the chemical industry tactics which had ultimately produced the talking points used in congressional letters criticizing IARC. The report digs deep into declassified documents the firm made public concerning Monsanto’s IARC Battle Plan, ghostwriting articles for scientific journals, hiring journalists to discredit IARC, establishing front groups and silencing scientists, including a planned attack on Gilles-Eric Séralini, whose study found that Roundup and genetically modified glyphosate-resistant corn caused tumors in rats.

On March 29, 2019 the Chairwoman of the Committee on Science, Space & Technology, sent a letter to the Director of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) requesting an update to ATSDR’s announcement of its intent to develop a toxicological profile of glyphosate as it was to have been released and available for public comment by April 2017. It wasn’t until April 2018 that the toxicological profile of glyphosate was released. The comment period ended on July 8, 2019.

The United States government is the biggest contributor to IARC funding.

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  1. jim seaton August 17, 2019 at 00:12 - Reply

    you are doing a great job, keep up the good work.

  2. Wayne Gribble August 17, 2019 at 01:16 - Reply

    Please leave no lie uncovered..monsanto will do anything to try to cover up their lies y greed for money..
    I too suffer with non hoskins lymphoma..used roundup since early 80s..thousands of gallons in my Nursery.

  3. Renee L VanAllen daphness August 17, 2019 at 05:49 - Reply

    I’m so happy to hear this,yet I’m so bothered by reading it as well it’s like sweet then sour.im a beekeeper in southern Colorado I’ve been told by the gentleman that heads the fsa dept for filing for elap that he uses roundup.alot of people/ gardeners and every day homeowners have been using it and I’ve been advocating against its use as its proven to kill honeybees also from a health aspect people are encouraged to eat honey ,..well honey has glyphosate in it as well if the bees feed on the plants that have been sprayed. The death comes gradually and it weakens the bees gut flora where honey is made so they slowly die as they’re eating poison, really sad for humans and bees.ITHINK IT SHOULD BE BANNED!! Its not only killing people directly but also indirectly and killing our precious pollinators so if you love butterflies, dragonflies, native bees,honeybees,ladybugs they all are being killed.Please ban it I’ve seen many die of cancer and Parkinson’s in my history of nursing. BAN ROUND UP!!!

  4. Joshua Birch August 17, 2019 at 16:48 - Reply

    If your suffering from cancer, look up Dr. Bryzynski. Anti-neoplastons may be the cure for you. I dont know if it cures all cancer but his success rate for brain tumors and some other cancers is nearly 100 percent. This is no joke. The F.D.A tried shitting him down on behalf of the pharmaceutical companies but he has helped alot of people. There is a documentary of him on you tube.

  5. Joshua Birch August 17, 2019 at 17:14 - Reply

    This type of fertilizer is used by nearly all of U.S farmers on their crops. It literally ends up in almost all of the foods we eat and all of the liquids we drink. It is being used on corn, soy, wheat, alfalfa. Think of all the cancer cases in their entirety, and know that they can almost all be linked to the use of this fertilizer. The blowback of this will be bigger than anyone can imagine if people realize the truth of it all

  6. Steve MacMillan August 18, 2019 at 04:45 - Reply

    The government should claw back every penny Bauer paid Monsanto and give it to the victims! Key Monsanto employees should be jailed for all the damage done in the world.!

  7. Sergio N Andres Jr. August 18, 2019 at 06:23 - Reply

    Ghostwriting is plainly a terrorist activity to influence people, worst is that they want to influence lawmakers and the President. Still worst is they try to influence countries. Just for money, they want to kill people slowly for many years consuming foodstuff with glyphosate, etc. In the guise of feeding the hungry people of the world but killing them softly in 30 years time of Cancer. Carcinogenesis takes 5 years to 30 years creeping inside a persons body until it manifest in varying stages of severity. Please keep the public informed of their inhuman activities about Bayer-Monsanto’s

  8. Wayne Gribble August 30, 2019 at 18:25 - Reply

    Seems the EPA DIRECTOR is really blind..or really hungry for monsanto MONEY..
    I SUFFER DAILY FROM NON HOSKINS LYMPHOMA ..I USED THOUSANDS OF GALLONS OF ROUNDUP IN MY NURSERY..
    AND TRUMP IS LOOKING FOR JOBS..MR.PRESIDENT..WAKE UP..BAN GLYPHOSATE THE POISON THATS IN ROUNDUP..AND MOST WEED Y GRASS KILLERS..PUBLIC PLEASE WAKE UP..

  9. Wayne Gribble September 2, 2019 at 00:25 - Reply

    I really trusted Donald Trump to do what is good for americans y the world…seems NOW HE IS MORE INTERESTED IN JOBS than the HEALTH OF HUMANITY..THE WORLD IS BEING POISONED BY MONSANTO =BAYER..AND THE OTHER COMPANIES producing weed y grass killers using GLYPHOSATE..IN THE INGREDIENTS OF all the grass y weed killers..THIS IS NOT ONLY ROUNDUP =BAYER BRANDS…MOST OF ALL THE COMPANIES THAT SELL WEED Y GRASS KILLERS ARE THE SAME FORMULA..(DEADLY POISON GLYPHOSATE) ..
    THE EPA DIRECTOR UNDER THE TRUMP ADMISTRATION HAS BLOOD ON HIS HANDS..MILLIONS ARE SUFFERING BECAUSE THIS IDIOT STILL TELLING THE WORLD ROUNDUP IS SAFE..
    PEOPLE RISE UP..TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS CORRUPT MONEY HUNGRY PEOPLE TRYING TO PROTECT THESE DEVILS SELLING THEIR POISON TO MAKE THEMSELVES RICH..
    THEY WILL GET RICH Y CONTINUE MURDERING MILLIONS MORE PEOPLE…
    GOD HELP US ALL..OUR LEADERS ARE PROMOTING THESE PEOPLE WHO IS GREEDY DEVILS..
    PLEASE PUBLIC..SPEAK OUT..OUR FUTURE IS IN REALLY BAD HANDS..FROM E P A DIRECTOR Y MONSANTO =BAYER.

    MR. PRESIDENT WAKE UP..WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THOUGHT YOU HAD OUR BACKS!!!
    IF YOU Y YOUR EPA DIRECTOR DONT ACT QUICK..YOU WILL LOOSE THE ELECTION..
    GOD FORBID..MORE PEOPLE DYING ON YOUR WATCH.

  10. Wayne Gribble September 2, 2019 at 00:39 - Reply

    Joshua
    This is not a fertilizer..IT IS A DEADLY WEED Y GRASS SPRAY..KILLING EVERYTHING..INCLUDING PEOPLE.

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