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BREAKING NEWS: America's Favorite Weed Killer Linked to Cancer

Monsanto clearly does not want the world to know the truth about Roundup, one of its fattest cash cows.


(WASHINGTON DC) - It's shameful how few American media outlets have written about the latest scientific studies linking Roundup, the world's most popular and profitable weed killer, and cancer. Might it be because Monsanto, makers of Roundup and as we all know a generally bad corporate citizen with a litany of alleged crimes against humanity, spends billions in advertising and marketing and dedicates a good portion of that budget to print and television ads?

Monsanto spent $1.28 billion on its various marketing programs in fiscal 2012, according to the company’s annual report. All that money seems to have had an impact. I am only speculating, of course. But why else would the American media ignore the mounting evidence of links between Roundup and cancer?

The latest is a groundbreaking study showing that the active ingredient in the hugely popular herbicide fuels breast cancer by increasing the number of breast cancer cells through cell growth and cell division. This should be front-page news.

The study, which is to be published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology, focused on glyphosate, Roundup's primary chemical ingredient. After comparing how hormone-dependent and hormone-independent breast cancer cell lines were affected by glyphosate, researchers found that glyphosate fuels cancer cell lines that are hormone dependent.

There are in fact several recent studies that show glyphosate’s potential to be an endocrine disruptor, which are chemicals that can interfere with the hormone system in mammals. These disruptors can cause cancer tumors.

A new peer-reviewed report in the journal Entropy, co-authored by Dr. Stephanie Seneff at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), argues that glyphosate residues, found in most commonly consumed foods in the Western diet, “enhance the damaging effects of other food-borne chemical residues and toxins in the environment to disrupt normal body functions and induce disease.”

None of this comes as a surprise to me. Roundup has already been linked to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. A study published back in 1999 in the Journal of American Cancer Society by eminent oncologists Dr. Lennart Hardell and Dr. Mikael Eriksson revealed that exposure to glyphosate "yielded increased risks for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma." This alarming study was curiously not widely publicized.

Monsanto has tried to downplay the links between its products and diseases by putting big money into contract research companies like Exponent, which spews its scientific research findings on behalf of corporate clients, many of which are facing product liability concerns.

A study published in the journal Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology titled "Epidemiologic studies on glyphosate and cancer: A review," which suggests there is no link, was apparently directly supported by Monsanto. The study's author has reportedly served as a paid consultant to Monsanto.

In 2009, a French court reportedly found Monsanto guilty of lying, falsely declaring that Roundup is "biodegradable," "environmentally friendly" and leaves the soil "clean."

Monsanto clearly does not want the world to know the truth about Roundup, one of its fattest cash cows. But what would you expect from a company that in the past brought us DDT, PCBs, and Agent Orange?

Bottom line: You may not read about it in your local newspaper or hear about it on your favorite TV news show, but Roundup has been repeatedly linked in scientific studies to cancer, as well as many other diseases including Autism. Is there any reason why anyone should believe at this point that Monsanto can be trusted?


Jamie Reno, an award-winning correspondent for Newsweek for 20 years, has also written for The Daily Beast, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone, People, Men’s Journal, ESPN, Los Angeles Times, TV Guide, Mother Jones, MSNBC, Newsmax, Entertainment Weekly, and USA Today. Reno, who’s won more than 95 writing awards, was the lead reporter on a Newsweek series on the 9/11 terrorist attacks that earned him and his colleagues the National Magazine Award for General Excellence, the highest award in magazine journalism. Reno is also an acclaimed author, singer-songwriter, advocate for cancer patients, and 16-year cancer survivor. He lives in San Diego with his wife, Gabriela, and their daughter, Mandy.



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