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Sun Sep 1, 2019, 11:24 AM

Monsanto Emails Show Employees Wanted to "Beat the Shit" Out of Concerned Moms

Gotta love unleashed capitalism...

https://truthout.org/articles/monsanto-emails-show-employees-wanted-to-beat-the-shit-out-of-concerned-moms/

long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, thoughts of maybe becoming a lawyer someday led me into paralegal work at a number of law firms on both coasts. As a litigation paralegal, I worked on cases involving major automakers, pharmaceutical giants, international banks, large pipeline manufacturers and other sundry corporate monstrosities. The work, by and large, was a grueling paper chase involving long archaeological digs through massive post-subpoena document dumps. You rarely came across The Document that would turn the whole case on its ear, but it happened every so often, and when it did, the cheers from the cubicles would rattle the fluorescent lights: Plowing through all the boxes, dust bunnies, ink stains, paper cuts and miles of memos had finally paid off!


The story of this document dump begins in June of 2013, when a grassroots advocacy group called Moms Across America published an open letter to then-Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant about the dangers involved in his company’s wide distribution of genetically modified (GM) foods and the use of their pesticide, Roundup.

“We ask you to have the courage to acknowledge that GM practices and Roundup are hurting our world,” read the letter. “We have seen the recent and new scientific studies on the impact of GMOs and Glyphosate with links to autism, Alzheimer’s, food allergies, liver cancer, IBS, breast cancer in humans and possibly mental illness and we have witnessed the results firsthand in our kids.”

As the resulting emails show, these accusations did not sit well with the folks at Monsanto. One conversation between Monsanto scientist Dr. Daniel Goldstein and two outside consultants — Bruce Chassy, a former professor at the University of Illinois and Wayne Parrot, a crop scientist at the University of Georgia — stand out in stark relief.

Dr. Goldstein stated that Moms Across America was making “a pretty nasty looking set of allegations,” and he had been arguing for a week that the company should “beat the shit out of them” in return. Chassy was all for attacking the group, but Parrot was less sanguine. “You can’t beat up mothers,” he wrote, “even if they are dumb mothers but you can beat up the organic industry.”

That conversation verged into a discussion of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which was at the time holding a public comment period regarding supermarket produce and glyphosate, the ingredient in Roundup that has been directly connected to incidents of cancer. “BTW,” wrote Dr. Goldstein, “a minor tolerance increase petition for glyphosate on specialty crops got 10,821 negative public comments in the last 48 hours — NOT form letters — individually written comments. We’re on our way to being corporate road kill.”

read more at https://truthout.org/articles/monsanto-emails-show-employees-wanted-to-beat-the-shit-out-of-concerned-moms/

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NoMoreRepugs Sep 2019 #1
pecosbob Sep 2019 #2
smirkymonkey Sep 2019 #3
Duppers Sep 2019 #4
Drahthaardogs Sep 2019 #5
pecosbob Sep 2019 #6
Drahthaardogs Sep 2019 #7

Response to pecosbob (Original post)

Sun Sep 1, 2019, 11:39 AM

1. Hence the continued dismantling of the EPA by the

Orange Menace and the Repugs.

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Response to NoMoreRepugs (Reply #1)

Sun Sep 1, 2019, 12:37 PM

2. It may take decades to repair the damage done to our regulatory agencies

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Response to pecosbob (Original post)

Sun Sep 1, 2019, 12:41 PM

3. K&R

Grrr!

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Response to pecosbob (Original post)

Mon Sep 2, 2019, 07:05 AM

4. K&R

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Response to pecosbob (Original post)

Mon Sep 2, 2019, 07:27 AM

5. What is this lady talking about?

None of those "studies" exist. I'm an environmental toxicologist and glyphosate is weakly linked to cancer. What data exists is incomplete.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Reply #5)

Mon Sep 2, 2019, 07:37 AM

6. The article's about corporate influence and stifling of consumer complaints

and Monsanto's response to negative publicity...not whether glyphosate causes cancer. Thanks for the response anyway.

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Response to pecosbob (Reply #6)

Mon Sep 2, 2019, 07:38 AM

7. Premised on wild claims from a woefully uninformed person.

You know disinformation exists in this realm as well, right?

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