Carey Gillam on Monsanto Lawsuit

The legal picture and the bigger picture, MARCH 29, 2019

How much power will we grant profit-driven corporations to determine not just what we’re exposed to, but what we’re permitted to know about it ?

Carey Gillam, longtime journalist, is currently research director at the group US Right to Know, and author of the book Whitewash: The Story of a Weedkiller, Cancer and the Corruption of Science.


Astroturfing : les fichiers secrets de Monsanto

Enquête de Laura Aguirre de Carcer, Tristan Waleckx et les équipes d’”Envoyé spécial” diffusée le 16 mai 2019

Nouvelles révélations sur les documents secrets de Monsanto. Après le fichage illégal de journalistes, de chercheurs, de politiques, l’équipe d'”Envoyé spécial” a découvert une autre stratégie : l’astroturfing.

Des agences de communication travaillant pour Monsanto ont créé un “faux mouvement spontané” de défense du glyphosate. Des hôtesses ont ainsi recruté des agriculteurs sans jamais leur dire qu’elles travaillaient pour la firme. L’objectif était de créer un groupe d’influence venant du terrain, en dissimulant cette stratégie aux premiers concernés : les agriculteurs. Référence.


With Pharma funding the MHRA, can the EWG Report be Fully Independent ?

Westminster Hall debate, 23 April 2019

” Yes we had a (Primodos) review, but I’m not sure we can call that ‘independant’ “

Yasmin Qureshi MP calls into question the independence of the MHRA in its central role on the expert working group (EWG), for their report on the use of hormone pregnancy tests (HPTs) and adverse effects relating to pregnancy including possible birth defects.

Westminster Hall debate, 23 April 2019. Video reference.

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Dealing with strategies used by industry to influence scientific evidence

Commercial interests, transparency, and independence: a call for submissions

Help the move towards independence from commercial interests

A decade ago the US Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a landmark report on conflicts of interest in research, medical education, and practice.1 Highlighting benefits of collaborations between physicians, researchers, and companies to develop new products that can improve health, the report also raised substantial concerns that extensive financial ties could unduly influence professional judgments. It concluded these financial conflicts of interest could jeopardise the integrity of science, the objectivity of education, the quality of care, and public trust in medicine. The report recommended more research on conflicts of interest, improvements in transparency, and greater independence from industry.

Today we announce plans for a stream of BMJ content to revisit these concerns and ask you to join us. A key aim is to identify and respond to commercial influences on health and healthcare, to understand under what circumstances involvement with industry is truly necessary. Where it is not necessary, we want to forge a new independence from those who make and sell products, to strengthen trust in how evidence is produced and disseminated, and to drive more rational and safer use of drugs, devices, diagnoses, and data in the public interest.

Key Points

  • Problematic relationships
  • The BMJ’s response so far
  • Call for submissions


Genome sequencing for sale on the NHS

NHS to sell DNA tests to healthy people in push to find new treatments

Service will be free for patients with serious genetic conditions as health service in England aims to recruit 5 million volunteers

“Major advances have been made in the field of genomics in recent years. We are now able to sequence the entire genome. Rapid advances in genetic technologies have led to greater availability, and at lower costs, of all forms of genetic tests, ranging from online direct to consumer DNA test kits to clinical whole genome sequencing of all 20 000 human genes.

England’s health secretary, Matt Hancock, recently announced plans to offer healthy people the option to have their whole genome sequenced by the NHS for an as yet undisclosed fee (thought to be a few hundred pounds). These “genomics volunteers” would receive a personalised health report indicating genetic risks of various diseases including cancer, dementia, and cardiovascular disease. These extensive personal genomic data will be shared with researchers to provide opportunities to improve our understanding of human diseases.

This proposal raises several important clinical, logistic, social, and ethical issues, …”

Continue reading Think again, Mr Hancock, on The BMJ, 25 February 2019.

Why nobody knows what’s really going into your food

Massive legal loophole means companies can add new ingredients to foods with no government safety review

The industry can declare on their own that added ingredients are safe without ever consulting the Food and Drug Administration about potential health risks.

References : publicintegrity and belowthesaltnews, 2015.

La désinformation organisée par les firmes doit cesser, dit Maître Lafforgue

Comment Monsanto assure sa défense et nie en bloc toute responsabilité devant la justice

“Les médecins qui mettent en doute les troubles de M. François ne sont pas des experts judiciaires, ce sont des consultants payés par Monsanto.”

dénonce Maître François Lafforgue, l’avocat de Paul François.

La Cour d’appel de Lyon doit se prononcer sur la responsabilité présumée de Monsanto dans les troubles médicaux de Paul François, céréalier charentais. Depuis douze ans, il accuse la firme d’avoir exposé les utilisateurs du Lasso, puissant herbicide, à de graves dangers.

France 3 Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, un reportage de Yaëlle Marie et Laure Crozat publié sur YouTube le 6 février 2019.

Référence : Lyon : Comment Monsanto assure sa défense et nie en bloc toute responsabilité devant la justice ?

How the U.S. system is fundamentally broken

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at the House Committee, February 6, 2019

Reference. @AOC.

Comment les députés n’ont pas pu voter l’inscription dans la loi de l’interdiction du glyphosate

.Le vote impossible. Un hémicycle presque vide

Envoyé spécial” décrypte les coulisses de cette soirée du 28 mai 2018 à l’Assemblée nationale. Et a demandé aux 577 députés pourquoi la plupart d’entre eux n’ont pas pris part au vote.

Le glyphosate, l’herbicide le plus vendu au monde, a fait couler beaucoup d’encre en 2017 et 2018.

Envoyé spécial, un reportage de Laura Aguirre de Carcer, Tristan Waleckx, Olivier Gardette, Marielle Krouk et Karim Annette publié sur YouTube le 22 janvier 2019.

Référence : “Envoyé spécial”. Glyphosate : comment s’en sortir ?.

(Bayer), Monsanto, et la fabrique du doute

Une firme, qui ne s’estime ni responsable ni coupable, et fait appel de ses condamnations ?

Les “Monsanto Papers” ont révélé comment le géant américain a fait rédiger en secret, par ses propres scientifiques, des études pour prouver que le glyphosate n’était pas dangereux.

Le glyphosate, l’herbicide le plus vendu au monde, a fait couler beaucoup d’encre en 2017 et 2018.

Envoyé spécial, un reportage de Tristan Waleckx, Guillaume Beaufils et Mikael Bozo publié sur YouTube le 22 janvier 2019.

Référence : “Envoyé spécial”. Glyphosate : comment s’en sortir ?.