These same GOP politicians did NOT rush to our aid on the recent vote to repeal Obamacare … but they damn sure rush to protect the $$$$ from Mon$anto…

clip_image001…These same GOP politicians did NOT rush to our aid on the recent vote to repeal Obamacare … but they damn sure rush to protect the $$$$ from Mon$anto…

Republicans Rush to Monsanto’s Aid With Industry-Biased Reuters Report

 

Flawed reporting has emerged as a key lobbying tool for the embattled agrichemical company.

By Stacy Malkan / AlterNet    In their latest attempt to shield Monsanto from accountability, House Republicans have seized upon the flawed and biased reporting of a Reuters journalist whose work has emerged as a key lobbying tool for the embattled agrichemical company as it faces lawsuits, regulatory threats and a wave of awful press coverage aboutallegations of improper influence over research.

 

On Tuesday, House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy demanded answers about “possibly withheld information” that “could change” a cancer panel’s decision to list glyphosate, the main chemical in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, as a probable human carcinogen. Gowdy’s letter was heavily referenced with one source: a June 14 Reuters article by Kate Kelland. 

But the Kelland article that drove Rep. Gowdy’s lobbying was deeply flawed and contained errors Reuters has refused to correct.

What’s more, as I reported last month in FAIR, the flawed Reuters-article-turned-lobbying-tool was only the latest in a series of biased articles Kelland has written about the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) since the agency listed glyphosate as a Class 2 carcinogen.

The IARC working group of scientists—now the chief target of Monsanto’s “war on science,” as the French newspaper Le Monde reported—did not conduct new research, but reviewed years of published and peer-reviewed research before concluding there was limited evidence of cancer in humans from real-world exposures to glyphosate and “sufficient” evidence of cancer in studies on animals. IARC also concluded there was strong evidence of genotoxicity for glyphosate alone and for Roundup herbicide, whose use has skyrocketedalongside Monsanto’s genetically engineered “Roundup Ready” crops.

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