As I continue to migrate my site, this is my favourite blog from 2015. It looks at how the pesticide industry is restricted by its internal codes of ethical conduct that will not allow them to attack competitors, while the organic industry and NGOs have no issue with lying and spreading fear about pesticides. Industry (and society) will lose, but with integrity!
This is the first blog on IARC’s glyphosate monograph – a year later, we see how Portier has poisoned the well of cooperation between scientific assessment agencies.
Some counter-intuitive thinking. Maybe industry has alternatives to glyphosate that farmers and regulators don’t want. Maybe the NGOs and MEPs are acting as Monsanto shills?
IARC has not behaved like an international scientific agency within the WHO, but more like an NGO activist agency. Their glyphosate Working Group was driven by an activist scientist and since the publication, IARC has been attacking other scientific agencies that have roundly rejected their findings. IARC has been unprofessional, untransparent and unscientific. They need to retract their monograph on scientific and ethical grounds.
The organic food industry has been propagating a myth that organic farmers do not use pesticides. Sometimes they sneak in the adjective “synthetic”, but the reality is that while conventional farmers use highly tested and proven pesticides, organic approved (natural-based) pesticides are largely untested. Hypocrisy abounds in the age of stupid as the Risk-Monger’s dirty dozen shows 12 organic pesticides that are far more toxic than that evil glyphosate.
Today an American media source contacted me to cover the story on this week’s censoring of my IARCgate blog. He wanted to have a short paragraph to explain the situation with IARC’s glyphosate scandal and why it is important. After sending him about two pages, where I tried to exclude many of the more complicated…
IARC (the International Agency for Research on Cancer) has fallen to a new low on any scale of research integrity. Yesterday it used an anti-industry, anti-pesticides journalist to defend its position on the glyphosate monograph against claims made by scientists, institutions, governments and the media (including this blog). The day after the release of the…