Monsanto Company lost a battle that was given for the protection of one of its most iconic asset, Roundup. A judge from California ruled against the attempt of the company to leave a key ingredient for its herbicide products outside a list of chemicals that can cause cancer. It seems that the court found that the material that proclaimed the ingredient as harmless was actually ghostwritten by the employees of Monsanto.
A Group of Farmers Claimed Roundup Herbicide Products Were the Cause of their Cancer
On Tuesday, the court filing regarding the Monsanto based in Creve Coeur was unsealed. According to this document, the EPA regulator was falsely led to believe and declare that glyphosate, the most important ingredient in Roundup, doesn’t show any signs of being a carcinogen. The regulator based this conclusion on a series of scientific papers. However, this research was actually the creation of Monsanto Company whose employees ghostwrote it.
It was a group of farmers who initiated the lawsuit. They accused Monsanto Company of causing them non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Their chargers regarded the herbicide products of the company that they used to kill weeds. However, this process left them vulnerable to glyphosate exposure.
The lawyers of the plaintiffs found a series of emails written by Monsanto employees. These texts revealed that they organized a strategy of ghostwriting scientific papers. The purpose of this endeavor was to cut down on expenses. The emails further disclosed that the same procedure was applied in another study dated in 2000.
Monsanto Employees Used Ghostwriting to Refer to Something Else
On the other hand, Monsanto dispelled the negative interpretation of the word “ghostwrite.” According to the company, the merits of all its employees that actively participated in the creation of the study were made public in the Acknowledgements section. Moreover, these workers referred to the task of “ghostwriting” as in a different connotation from its main meaning. Dr. William Heydens and other experts did contribute with their input to the research. However, their work consisted of just minor contributions to the paper. Thus, they named their editorial task as ghostwriting.
However, the court classified glyphosate as just a possible risky carcinogenic. As a consequence, the company will not be forced to change the Roundup label to include a warning sign for customers regarding health hazard concerns. Nonetheless, Monsanto finds the court ruling as unjust, and the company intends to appeal the decision.
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