“Plaintiffs’ attorneys have cherry picked a single email — out of more than 10 million pages of documents produced — to allege that Monsanto scientists ghostwrote … a paper on glyphosate safety.
… The paper underwent the journal’s rigorous peer review process before it was published.” Dixon went on to explain that Dr.
Monsanto acknowledged that Heydens referred to his contributions as “ghostwriting” in the emails, but explains that he testified under oath that he only made some “minor contributions” which included “editing for formatting, just for clarity, really just for overall readability.” Monsanto offered little comment regarding accusations that the company appeared to — from the email evidence provided — have a “cozy” relationship with Environmental Protection Agency regulator Jess Rowland, simply stating: “The EPA was concerned about ATSDR [Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry] starting a duplicative safety analysis of glyphosate without realizing that EPA was already far along in its own comprehensive safety analysis.
It’s important to look at the paragraphs surrounding this statement.” As for the safety of glyphosate itself — which was the subject of the lawsuit at hand, filed by multiple California cancer victims — Monsanto provided a defensive retort, stating: “Glyphosate-based herbicides, including Roundup branded herbicides, have a 40-year history of safe use.
The most recent report from the United Nations published at the Human Rights Council last month refers to glyphosate as “less toxic and persistent compared to traditional herbicides” but notes: “There is considerable disagreement over the impact of glyphosate on the environment: Studies have indicated negative impacts on biodiversity, wildlife, and soil nutrient content.