Cornucopia’s Take: Accusations deepen against EPA official Jess Rowland. It seems Rowland colluded with Monsanto to provide a less-than-rigorous safety analysis of glyphosate, and that Monsanto officials may have even ghost-written part of a toxicological report on glyphosate used by the EPA. Science and health must stand independent of corporate influence and bottom-line self-interest.
EPA Official Accused of Helping Monsanto ‘Kill’ Cancer Study
by Joel Rosenblatt, Lydia Mulvany, and Peter Waldman
The Environmental Protection Agency official who was in charge of evaluating the cancer risk of Monsanto Co.’s Roundup allegedly bragged to a company executive that he deserved a medal if he could kill another agency’s investigation into the herbicide’s key chemical.
The boast was made during an April 2015 phone conversation, according to farmers and others who say they’ve been sickened by the weed killer. After leaving his job as a manager in the EPA’s pesticide division last year, Jess Rowland has become a central figure in more than 20 lawsuits in the U.S. accusing the company of failing to warn consumers and regulators of the risk that its glyphosate-based herbicide can cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
“If I can kill this I should get a medal,” Rowland told a Monsanto regulatory affairs manager who recounted the conversation in an email to his colleagues, according to a court filing made public Tuesday. Read Full Article »