New documents released in a lawsuit against Monsanto raise fresh questions about the company’s efforts to influence scientific research concerning the safety of its highest-profile product, Roundup weed killer. According to a news report in The New York Times, the active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, is the most common weed killer in the world and is used by everyone from farmers to home gardeners. While most regulators have upheld Roundup’s relative safety, a Monsanto Roundup lawsuit in San Francisco federal court is continuing to raise questions about Monsanto’s dubious practices and the product’s safety.
What Was The Content Of These Emails?
The emails released as part of the San Francisco case show the lengths to which the company would go to protect its image. The documents show that Henry I. Miller, an academic and a vocal proponent of genetically modified crops, asked Monsanto to draft an article for him, mirroring one that appeared under his name on Forbes’s website in 2015. His article was basically an attack on the findings of the Internal Agency for Research on Cancer, which had labeled glyphosate a probable carcinogen. When Monsanto asked Miller if he would be interested in writing an article on the topic, he said he would be if he could “start from a high-quality draft.”
In another instance, an academic involved in writing research funded by Monsanto, who was a former employee of the company, also expressed discomfort with the process writing in an email to a Monsanto executive saying he could not “be part of deceptive authorship on a presentation or publication.” He also pointed out that what the company is doing is “unethical.” A Monsanto official dismissed those comments as the result of a misunderstanding.
The documents also show internal talk about Roundup’s safety including one Monsanto scientist’s internal email from 2001 saying he would be seriously concerned if someone came up to him and told him they wanted to test Roundup. Monsanto officials have said they are outraged by a law firm releasing these confidential documents and have said they would seek penalties against the law firm. The law firm, however, said Monsanto had not filed a document seeking continued protection of the documents, which made them fair game to be released.
If You Have Been Affected
A number of lawsuits have been filed by individuals against Monsanto alleging that they have suffered roundup-related cancers including cancer of the blood, brain, breast, prostate and lung. If you or a loved one has suffered the effects of glyphosate, it is important that you contact an experienced toxic exposure lawyer who can advise you regarding your legal rights and options. You may be able to receive compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of surgery, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Our law firm is working with toxic exposure and Monsanto Roundup lawyers who can file a lawsuit on your behalf and charge no legal fees until you obtain a settlement or award. For a free (no-obligation) case evaluation, call our toll free number at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online.