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Monsanto manipulated science : Équiterre calls for the withdrawal of Glyphosate's approval in Canada and an independent review of the controversial pesticide's effects

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A recent review of the “Monsanto Papers” initiated by Équiterre and conducted by health and environmental protection groups reveals that research manipulated by Monsanto in order to downplay the cancer risk of its controversial pesticide glyphosate was used in the re-evaluation of glyphosate in 2017 in Canada, leading to the decision to extend its registration for 15 years!

It should be noted that, in 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a branch of the World Health Organization, released an assessment declaring that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

We can no longer have confidence in Health Canada’s evaluation of glyphosate. Join us in demanding that the federal government conduct an independent review and withdraw the registration of glyphosate in Canada.

A COMPROMISED DECISION

“The health of Canadians must not be taken lightly. The risk assessment that led to the decision by the Canadian government’s regulatory agency to re-register glyphosate was based on fraudulent studies by Monsanto. This fact alone constitutes grounds for cancelling the decision to renew the approval of glyphosate in Canada,” declared Sidney Ribaux, executive director of Équiterre. “Under Canadian law governing pesticide use, the Health Minister has the discretion to establish a special review panel in such cases and to suspend a re-registration until a final decision is made based on this review,” he added.

These revelations are just the tip of the iceberg. Équiterre and its partners are pushing ahead with their investigation in Canada.

Read our press release and the letter sent by Équiterre to the federal Health Minister.

A FIRST VICTORY IN THE BATTLE OF DAVID AGAINST GOLIATH

In August 2018, evidence in a landmark trial showed that American citizen DeWayne Johnson’s exposure to glyphosate caused his cancer and that Monsanto (now owned by Bayer) knowingly hid its product’s risks. The trial led to the release of the “Monsanto Papers,” hundreds of documents and internal communications (emails, text messages, reports, studies, memos, etc.) revealing that the agrochemical giant had fabricated biased articles, ghostwritten by its employees and signed by scientists, and launched a major public relations campaign aimed at defending the reputation of its glyphosate-based pesticides and downplaying the cancer risk of its flagship product, the most widely used pesticide in the world.

Équiterre recently met with Mr. Johnson during his visit to Canada.

Join us in supporting the courageous battle of this father of three to defend the rights of ordinary citizens exposed against their will to the pesticides and toxic substances of multinational agrochemical corporations.

Over 4,000 additional lawsuits against Monsanto are currently before the courts in the United States, with another 9,000 pending across the world.

Let’s unite our voices: We will not allow multinationals to dictate our health!