I am writing in light of a recent CNN article "Patients: Roundup gave us cancer as EPA official helped the company." I was shocked to read that Monsanto is manipulating scientific studies, the EPA, and the media.
With a class-action lawsuit of over 500 people against Monsanto, it is safe to say that Christine Sheppard is not the only person who suffers from the health risks of Roundup. Even when the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer came to a conclusion in March 2015 that glyphosate is "probably carcinogenic to humans," Monsanto responded with a backlash. Monsanto kills weeds as well as its consumers. There seems to be overwhelming evidence but no innovation.
Unsealed documents reveal that Monsanto tried to discredit the March 2015 report before it was even published rather than change their product. While each side retaliates against each other, there are still people consuming carcinogens without knowing that they could suffer. The EPA is a part of the problem by bending their own regulations to benefit Monsanto. Sheppard deserves an apology, let alone a recall of all Roundup products to prevent Monsanto from stripping away another person's life.
In response to this negative publicity, Monsanto is not fixing its product. Instead, Monsanto recently launched an ad that highlights family, ignoring that they're poisoning families with contaminated food. This "family" ad campaign launched a year after the World Health Organization declared that Roundup is a carcinogen. Suddenly, a staple company in the food business has to reassure their consumers — but it didn't stop them from selling a carcinogen.
Money is being thrown around to benefit everyone but the consumers themselves. Corruption lies within Monsanto, but the EPA is also to blame for allowing the use of these carcinogens. Don't put your own self-interest before your consumers, Monsanto.
Tara O'Gorman, University of Colorado Student