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The New Yorker Gets GMO Weed Killer with Cancer Ties Wrong

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The New Yorker’s Michael Specter brushed off the World Health Organization’s findings that powerful weed killer glyphosate “probably” causes cancer. The issue is, his sources to refute the WHO’s findings are not exactly unbiased.

EWG’s Emily Cassidy:

He (Specter) wrote that “the data are, again, clear: after nearly forty years of use, no study has demonstrated a link between glyphosate and cancer in humans.”

The support for his claim? Incredibly, Specter cites a study whose lead author is David Saltmiras, Ph.D., a toxicologist whose biography, posted on, a website sponsored by Monsanto and other biotechnology companies, is “Science Fellow and Toxicology Manager of the Novel Chemistry and Microbials Product platform at the Monsanto Company.

Read more about the defenders of glyphosate here.

Table Scraps

Mother Jones discusses startling data from the FDA research on antibiotic overuse in livestock.

Civil Eats delves into the coordinated plan by the organic food industry to increase the organic grain supply. 

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