As reported by three groups of the European Parliament, the European Food Safety Authority would have authorized the controversial glyphosate based on a report plagiarized by Monsanto itself.
Socialists, Greens and Unitary Left warn that the authorization renewed last November of 2017 for the commercialization of the pesticide glyphosate, owned by the multinational Monsanto – bought by Bayer last summer for 53,373 million euros – was not done through an evaluation independent, but that the report used was a plagiarism of the arguments of Monsanto itself. After being categorized by the WHO in 2015 as “possible carcinogen in humans” based on several studies that prove its toxicity, the EU was permissive based on the aforementioned plagiarized report.
The denunciation of the parliamentarians came from the discovery by the plagiarism hunters Stefan Weber and Helmut Burtscher-Schade of the plagiarism after studying the report of the German Federal Risk Assessment Institute, considered by EFSA as a source of evaluation of the pesticide. According to the experts, more than 50% of Monsanto’s documents and its industrial allies were plagiarized. And 20% more was the result of “copy and paste”, which is, at least, scandalous.
Parliamentarians, environmental and consumer organizations are calling for a new review of available studies on the possible carcinogenic action of glyphosate. The petition requests that it be done publicly and by independent experts, without resorting to the biased own studies of the companies. The three groups of the European Parliament requested that the commission prohibit its use in areas close to schools, parks, hospitals and residences.
After the complaint, EFSA does not recognize the facts. A spokesperson denied that it was plagiarism and stated that the complainants do not understand the characteristics of the reports or the decision-making process. “There is no evidence that the evaluation of glyphosate was carried out improperly,” said a spokesman. Meanwhile, several pending lawsuits are underway regarding glyphosate. Last summer, a US judge ruled that Monsanto had to pay $ 289 million in compensation to a school gardener because glyphosate caused a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
It should be noted that in Spain there are more than 100 products authorized for agriculture, forestry, gardening and domestic application containing glyphosate. Between 1974 and 2014, 8,600 million kilos of glyphosate have been spread throughout the world. Since the 90s is the most widely used herbicide worldwide, it has been detected in the air during the spraying of crops, in water, in food and also in the urine and blood of agricultural workers. Its use has increased in transgenic crops of soy, corn and cotton throughout the Americas.