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Yesterday, MNB took note of a Reuters report that the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is an arm of the World Health organization (WHO), said Friday that "glyphosate, the active ingredient in the Monsanto Co herbicide Roundup, was 'classified as probably carcinogenic to humans'. It also said there was 'limited evidence' that glyphosate was carcinogenic in humans for non-Hodgkin lymphoma."

I commented:

This may be nothing. Or, it could be Monsanto's worst nightmare. It'll be interesting to see what happens when WHO's scientific apparatus goes up against Monsanto's PR machine.

One MNB user thought I was unfair in my characterization:

I guess you don’t claim to be “fair and balanced” so fair enough that yours is an opinion piece and not “hard news”. But your pitting “WHO science against the Monsanto PR machine…” rather than pitting them against the science of the USDA, FDA, and EPA does seem to signal a distinct “opinion”?

That's why I call it my "view." It is an opinion ... though I'll also cheerfully concede that it was a bit of cheap shot.

But to be clear, I'm perfectly willing to take cheap shots.

And not everybody disagrees with me.

MNB reader Mike Franklin wrote:

Let’s not forget, all those regulatory agencies around the globe have reached their conclusions based on research funded by Monsanto. It is interesting that an agency yet to be tainted by Monsanto has reached such a diverse conclusion. My Father managed over 10,000 acres of farmland in Eastern Oregon, growing peas, during the 60’s & 70s…and died of cancer in the early 80’s at the age of 52. He spent his years walking through pea fields after they had been sprayed with parathion, malathion…I would hope that the management of Monsanto meet up with the management of  cigarette companies in the after life.

And another MNB user chimed in:

Monsanto's PR machine is the last thing we have to worry's their lobbyist on Capital Hill that will kill us. Why is money more important than health in this country and the rest of the globe (Europe specifically) doesn't allow these modifications,  poisons, etc. onto their crops, or in their animals? Because our thirst for stockholder satisfaction drives our pocket in the short-term, which in-turn assures that big pharmaceuticals and big food keep us sick so they can continue to sell us drugs. Chris Rock said it best at the Apollo..."They'll NEVER find a cure for cancer, NEVER; because the money isn't in the cure, the money is in the drugs!" Oh, cigarettes are bad for me??? High-fructose corn syrup is bad for me??? Processed foods are bad for me??? Roundup is bad for me??? All are still on the market and we know they are causing obesity, diabetes and cancer. A winery in Oregon that makes some organic wines had an ad campaign for their organic wines with the tagline, "From 10,000 BC until 1945 all agriculture was organic;" think about our illnesses since. I hope we wake-up as a nation in my lifetime.

I hope you live long. (And prosper.)

KC's View: