Controversial Monsanto Communications Revealed
New documents made public by The New York Times in conjunction with a lawsuit against Monsanto show various attempts to influence research and broader public opinion through questionable means, including authoring an editorial for a Forbes contributor to publish, attempting to “ghost write” research it funded and having a contractual relationship with editor of an academic journal. Monsanto denied and qualified each of these claims. Monsanto representatives called the disclosures “cherry picked” and stated that they would be seeking penalties since the release violated an existing confidentiality agreement. A 2003 email written by a Monsanto executive says “You cannot say that Roundup is not a carcinogen … we have not done the necessary testing on the formulation to make that statement.” She adds, however, that “we can make that statement about glyphosate and can infer that there is no reason to believe that Roundup would cause cancer.” Read more here.