Poisoning the Planet: Pesticides and Capitalism 13 November 2019

13 November 2019 — The New Dark Age

31 stories on the global impact of pesticides on ALL life on the planet. Most are in PDF format and consist of academic papers, contributions to institutes and governments by the leading investigators into the disaster. An essential resource for those doing research into pesticides. Updated as and when needed.

Open letter to the CMO (England), the Wellcome Trust and Public Health England

Why are your departments promoting corporations at the expense of public health and the environment? Is it to please the British Government or the Corporations?

The first part of this document is background information, the Open Letter starts on page 12

Background information

Monsanto has known since the 1970s that glyphosate causes cancer, according to a new paper by researchers Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff. Samsel is the first independent researcher
to examine Monsanto’s secret toxicology studies on glyphosate. He obtained the studies through a request to his senator. With Dr Stephanie Seneff of MIT, he reviewed Monsanto’s data. Samsel and Seneff concluded that: “significant evidence of tumours was found during these investigations”.

Extract: Glyphosate has a large number of tumorigenic effects on biological systems, including direct damage to DNA in sensitive cells, disruption of glycine homeostasis, succinate dehydrogenase inhibition, chelation of manganese, modification to more carcinogenic molecules such as N- nitrosoglyphosate and glyoxylate, disruption of fructose metabolism, etc. Epidemiological evidence supports strong temporal correlations between glyphosate usage on crops and a multitude of cancers that are reaching epidemic proportions, including breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, kidney cancer, thyroid cancer, liver cancer, bladder cancer and myeloid leukaemia.

German Glyphosate Reassessment is fraudulent: reply to the CMO for Scotland 30/07/2014

In a Press Release in March 2014, The President of the German Federal Institute of Risk Assessment (BfR), Prof Dr Dr Andreas Hensel, on the basis of evaluation of 150 new studies and an additional 900 studies from the scientific journals, was quoted as having said on behalf of BfR: These new studies do not suggest that glyphosate has carcinogenic or embryo-damaging properties or that it is toxic to reproduction in test animals. The data do not warrant any significant changes in the limit values of the active ingredient… 1

The BfR legal department claims that the reassessment was solely done by BfR staff members

On 15/07/2014 Herr König, on behalf of the BfR Justiziariat (Legal Department), wrote to Dr Nancy Swanson with regard to her request for information (06/04/2014) about the Renewal Assessment Report (RAR) on glyphosate. Herr König said that the work on the RAR on glyphosate was “solely done by the BfR staff members of department no. 6, who are civil servant employees.”



The poisoning of our food supply

“We now live in a world where it is considered beneficial and necessary to spray poison over all our food and to add more poison (dye, preservatives, flavor enhancers, etc) in processing our food. Then we take more poison to counteract the poisons. Beam me up Scotty, the inmates are insane.” Dr Nancy Swanson; on the history of how corporations have successfully changed the laws in the US to poison our food: 03/04/2014 http://www.examiner.com/article/the-poisoning-of-our-food-supply

“The world of systemic insecticides is a weird world, surpassing the imaginings of the brothers Grimm. It is a world where the enchanted forest of the fairy tales has become a poisonous forest. It is a world where a flea bites a dog and dies…where a bee may carry poisonous nectar back to its hive and presently produce poisonous honey.” Rachel Carson on systemic insecticides in “Silent Spring”: 27/09/1962


“Coalition against Bayer Dangers, http://www.CBGnetwork.org” and Photomontage Italy

The Chemicals Regulation Directorate, the European Food Safety Authority and the European Commission

Are in the hands of the Pesticides Industry

Compiled by Rosemary Mason MB ChB FRCA on behalf of a global network of independent scientists, beekeepers and environmentalists 2014




Rothamsted Research had been established by a philanthropist collaborating with a chemist in 1843 and had discovered the first chemical herbicide 2,4-D in 1941.


The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (RCEP) criticized the Government for its lax pesticides policy and particularly for aerial spraying, so in 2011 the RCEP was abolished. Syngenta, Bayer CropScience and Monsanto are working within Government. Freedom of Information requests showed that GM companies are running the Government’s PR strategy on GM crops by controlling how public and private money will be invested in research.1


EU Directive (2009/128/EC) Article 9: Aerial Spraying. The Government refused to prohibit aerial spraying. Article 10: Protection of Water Article. With regard to establishing buffer zones near to watercourses they would seek to work with industry. Article 11: They did not consider it necessary to prohibit the use of pesticides in sensitive areas such as Natura 2000 sites, children’s playgrounds, hospitals, schools, public parks etc. Article 31: Advance notice of spraying to members of the public (including children) who could be exposed to spray drift could be dealt with by developing ‘good relations with their neighbours’.


Open Letter to the European Commission and European Food Safety Authority

Executive Summary

1) Sealed documents obtained from the US EPA show that Monsanto knew that glyphosate caused cancer in animals but manipulated the research results1
“During its years investigating glyphosate’s bioactivity, Monsanto conducted hundreds of trials on mice, rats, beagle dogs, rabbits and other life. Among the many cancers and diseases Monsanto’s own research found associated with glyphosate are: adenoma/cancer in the pituitary gland; glioma tumors in the brain; reticular cell sarcomas in the heart; malignant tumors in the lungs; salivary mandibular reticular cell carcinoma; metastatic sarcomas of the lymph gland; prostate carcinoma; cancer of the bladder; thyroid carcinoma; adrenal reticulum cell sarcomas; cortical adenomas; basal cell squamous skin tumours. In female mammals there were cancers of the lung, liver, thymus, stomach, bladder adrenal glands, ovaries, colon, uterus, parathyroid and mammary glands.” (page 5 US EPA)


Close relationships between the British Government, the Agrochemical Industry, the European Food Safety Authority and the European Commission

Contents Page

Genetically Engineered Foods: The Biggest Fraud in the History of Science


Glyphosate, destroyer of human health and global biodiversity


Commercial formulations of herbicides induce changes in antibiotic response to E.Coli and S.enterica serovar Typhimurium; they are biocides


ADAS recommended pre-harvest spraying of glyphosate on crops and spraying on grassland, but the first papers had been written by Monsanto scientists without declarations of conflict and without peer-review


The public is unaware that glyphosate (and other pesticide) residues are present in food despite the fact that pre-harvest spraying began in Britain in 1980


Disinformation from Science Media Centre and Glyphosate Task Force


The Scandal of Glyphosate Re-assessment in Europe


Other independent studies on the toxicity of formulated glyphosate and proof of deterioration of health in the UK and the US


Britain involved with corporations at the expense of the health of the public


Open letter from America to the Prime Minister warning the UK against GM crops: November 2014


Background on systemic neonicotinoid insecticides: regulation by industry


Conflicts of Interest in the EU: the Committees are controlled by industry: ‘professional’ members take turns in rotating around the committees


European Commission, EFSA, UK, WHO and UNEP delay the criteria for defining endocrine disruptors. Is it to protect the Agrochemical Industry and the herbicide glyphosate/Roundup®?


Other ways in which UK Ministers failed to adhere to the precautionary principle but preferred to support corporations and the economy


UK denies that exposure to environmental chemicals damages foetal brains


The Verdict of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal concerning the six indicted corporations (BASF, BAYER, DOW CHEMICAL, DUPONT, MONSANTO, SYNGENTA)



Genetically Engineered Foods: The Biggest Fraud in the History of Science1

Governments and leading scientific institutions have systematically misrepresented the facts about GMOs and the scientific research that casts doubt on their safety
On 4 March 2015 the Organisation Beyond GM facilitated the Press Release of American public interest attorney Steven Druker’s acclaimed new book, Altered Genes, Twisted Truth How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government and Systematically Deceived the Public.2

His book reveals how governments and leading scientific institutions have systematically misrepresented the facts about GMOs and the scientific research that casts doubt on their safety.3


5 November 2019

Another Silent Killer

Compiled by Rosemary Mason MB ChB FRCA with information from a global network of independent scientists, toxicologists, beekeepers, environmentalists, Governments, Industry and Regulators

An increase in the incidence of Type 2 diabetes, obesity and autism has been reported in Scotland. Similar increases have been seen globally. The herbicide glyphosate was introduced in 1974 and its use is accelerating. The manufacturers claim it to be safe, but none of the Regulatory Agencies are monitoring glyphosate levels in groundwater.

By courtesy of independent researchers around the world we present evidence that glyphosate interferes with many metabolic processes in plants, animals and humans, and glyphosate residues have been found in all three. Glyphosate is an endocrine-disruptor (as are many herbicides) it damages DNA and it is a driver of mutations that lead to cancer. We present graphs from the US which correlate glyphosate application and the percentage of GE soy and corn crops to the incidence and prevalence of various diseases in those on a Western diet. The Pearson’s correlation coefficients are very strong and highly significant for obesity, diabetes, autism, thyroid cancer, liver cancer, deaths from Parkinson’s, Senile Dementia and Alzheimer’s, inflammatory bowel disease and acute kidney failure.

We present Cancer Research UK graphs of upward trends in cancer incidences between 1975 and 2009, which are in line with the US graphs. Other consequences are gastrointestinal disorders, heart disease, depression, infertility, birth defect s and other cancers. The data for the amount of non-agricultural use of glyphosate in the UK appear to be confidential. Parts of South Wales, in former mining areas, Japanese knotweed and Himalayan Balsam abound. The local Council does not hold glyphosate records. Instead it contracts out to a commercial organisation to supply industry approved vegetation management techniques. A quote from the contractor:

“The glyphosate we use called round up has a hazard free label.” The level of glyphosate in a river draining from areas of Japanese knotweed was 190 parts per trillion (ppt) and local tap water was 30 ppt. These were of the order of concentrations found in a study in 2013 which showed that breast cancer cell proliferation is accelerated by glyphosate in extremely low concentrations: potential biological levels at part per trillion (ppt) to part per billion (ppb).”



China is the largest producer and exporter of glyphosate, the declared active ingredient in Monsanto’s infamous and highly toxic Roundup herbicide, as well as in other glyphosate based herbicides (GBHs). In 2015, China produced over 800,000 metric tons of glyphosate, which represented roughly 70% of global production. Over 80% of China’s production of glyphosate is exported in six countries, with the US, Brazil and Argentina representing 55-60% of the export market. The balance is consumed locally in China.[1]

Open Letter to the National Assembly for Wales about PISA tests and Ecocide

Rosemary Mason
Rosemary Mason

Research Links Pesticide Harmful to Bees With Collapse of Fisheries


A new study provides further evidence of harm caused by a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, which have been linked to declines in bees, other insects, birds and other animal populations. Researchers linked use of the chemicals on fields of rice paddies nearby Lake Shinji in Japan with impacts to an entire food web that resulted in the collapse of two fisheries.
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“Glyphosate reassessment in Europe is fraudulent”

Steven Bradbury
Office of Pesticides Programs
US Environmental Protection Agency 15/06/2014

Dear Sir

Did EPA know that three different patents have been filed and granted for glyphosate?

  • As a chelator of heavy metals and a wetting agent in 19611
  • As a herbicide in 19682
  • As an antibiotic in 20023
  • As an anti-protozoal agent in 20034In the US it is illegal to administer a drug in food without a medical license to do soThe World Health Organisation and the Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Dame Sally Davies, have declared that antibiotic-resistant diseases pose an apocalyptic threat to humans. In 2013 the CMO told Parliament that this issue should be added to the national risk register of civil emergencies. She placed the blame on vets, farmers and GPs for over-use of antibiotics but I informed her that this was a drop in the ocean compared with the massive amounts of glyphosate used globally. Glyphosate is a very powerful antibiotic and those eating foods that are not organic are consuming residues every day in staple foods.


Open Letter to the Global Pesticide Regulatory Authorities and the UK and US Media

Rosemary Mason
Rosemary Mason

Glyphosate is toxic to aquatic invertebrates and human reproduction

Jack de Bruijn
Director of Risk Management European Chemicals Agency

Jack de Bruijn


  • Evidence now suggests taxpayers’ money has been used to shield Monsanto and other pesticides companies from liability and obstruct consumers’ ability to prove damages.
  • Jess Rowland, former associate director of EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs, appears to have aided and protected Monsanto’s interests. Legal teams are now requesting that he be ordered to supply information about his work to ascertain the quid pro quo relationships.
  • Rowland’s post-EPA work includes consulting for three chemical companies and that work involves a chemical in all three instances. All three companies are also close associates of Monsanto.


Grave Inaccuracies and Omissions in US EPA Glyphosate Issue Paper: Evaluation of Carcinogenic Potential


Page 1 How Prof Gilles-Eric Séralini’s paper on 2-year rat feeding studies was retracted
Page 11 How Prof Andrès Carrasco’s work on teratogenicity was suppressed
Page 15 How the International Agency for Research into Cancer was sidelined
Page 18 How Samsel and Seneff’s five papers on Glyphosate and Modern Diseases were ignored Page 21 What Monsanto failed to reveal to the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) Page 26 Open Letter from America to the Prime Minister warning the UK against GM crops
Page 27 The Secret History of the US EPA


Agrochemical Apocalypse: Interview with Environmental Campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason

The renowned author and whistleblower Evaggelos Vallianatos describes British environmentalist and campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason as a “defender of the natural world and public health.” I first came across her work a few years ago. It was in the form of an open letter she had sent to an official about the devastating environmental and human health impacts of glyphosate-based weed killers. What had impressed me was the document she had sent to accompany the letter. It was over 20 pages long and contained official data and referred to a plethora of scientific papers to support the case she was making.

The British Medical Journal is unaware of the links between Cancer Research UK and the Pesticides Industry – 12 April 2016

An Open Letter from America was sent on 11 November 2014, warning countries in Europe and EU regulators not to authorize GM crops and glyphosate because of the devastating effects on human health and the environment. David Cameron ignored that advice on behalf of England. He and Defra concealed the letter from the British public. The European Commission and the European Food Safety Authority ignored it as well and have continued to approve GM Crops for growing and for food and feed in the EU. Defra dismissed the complaints of Crop-sprayed rural residents in the UK of ill health: cancers, neurological conditions, allergies etc. just as the Argentinian Government dismissed the health complaints of rural communities in Crop-sprayed towns. In their re-assessment, the RMS, EFSA and the European Glyphosate Task Force excluded papers from Latin America where cancers, birth defects, infertility and DNA changes were shown.


The Cocktail Effect

UK citizens and the natural environment are being exposed to potentially harmful mixtures of pesticides.

These mixtures appear in our food, water and soil and can affect the health of both humans and wildlife. There is a growing body of evidence that pesticides can become more harmful when combined, a phenomenon known as the ‘cocktail effect’. Despite this, the regulatory system designed to protect us from pesticides only looks at individual chemicals and safety assessments are carried out for one pesticide at a time.


Open Letter to Sir John Beddington Professor of Natural Resources Management Oxford Martin Commission

The Year of the Bumblebee

In 2010 when we sent you our photo-journal: The Year of the Bumblebee we said that Dr Henk Tennekes, an independent toxicologist from the Netherlands, prophesied environmental catastrophe from the use of the systemic neonicotinoid insecticides. He said that these chemicals act on the brains of insects (and humans) in a virtually irreversible and time-dependent manner.1 He showed that collapse of bee colonies, the loss of other invertebrates and bird declines in Europe are associated with chronic low levels of these chemicals.2 Bayer and Syngenta are fighting the partial neonicotinoid ban. The EU authorities have granted many exemptions including those requested by Industry (alone) and the NFU.3 There are plenty of independent studies from around the world to show that neonicotinoid insecticides are killing bees and they are fast heading for extinction. On 20/02/2017 a former employee of the US EPA wrote an article in the US Huffington Post showing that America’s honeybees are on life support.4 However, the summary written by Prof Charles Godfray of the Oxford Martin Commission 5 promoted a paper by Syngenta 6 that denies this. Lack of statistical analysis has been heavily criticized by independent scientists.7 These insecticides are still on the market and in fact the quantities exported by German companies even increased significantly – from 952 tons (2008) to 2269 tons (2014).


The Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen House of Lords

British journalists, politicians and farmers are being used as guinea pigs

On 21/03/2016 you replied to the Countess of Mar’s question about glyphosate. You said the government supported EFSA’s conclusions that glyphosate does not cause cancer. This was a little premature. The Commission was about to authorise glyphosate for a further 15 years, when 4 Members of the European Parliament asked for Freedom of Information to see the 14 unpublished carcinogenicity studies from the Glyphosate Task Force that IARC had been unable to see. Have the UK experts actually seen these studies or do they trust the Glyphosate Task Force (GTF), and the manufacturers of the chemical, implicitly?


Industry, Regulators, Governments and Corporate Media are colluding to poison the people

Monsanto forced to release incriminating emails in US Roundup/cancers trial

Judge Chhabria and the US law firm Baum Hedlund uncovered emails on September 26 2012 between Monsanto’s personnel to discuss plan to seek retraction of the Séralini study with the Editor of Food and Chemical Toxicology (who it turned out had signed a contractual agreement with Monsanto a short time before the article appeared.)


Open Letter: Where have all our insects and birds gone?

Neonicotinoid insecticides, glyphosate and Roundup Ready GM Crops

Last year the Guardian published letters from all over the country asking this question. Both the neonicotinoid insecticides and glyphosate (Roundup) herbicide appear to be responsible.1
The UK government, the NFU, the Farming Minister, the Defra Minister, Defra and the Department of Health are supporting glyphosate and systemic neonicotinoid insecticides. Some UK farmers say it will be impossible to farm without access to these two chemicals. They are voting to grow GM Roundup Ready Crops after Brexit.

Has Monsanto told the truth about GM Roundup Ready crops? Monsanto, Bayer and Syngenta coat their GMO corn seeds with neonics but charge farmers extra for them— even though studies show that neonic-coated seeds provide no real benefit to farmers.


Carcinogenicity assessment flawed for four out of 10 pesticides, new review shows

A new review of carcinogenicity assessments of pesticide active ingredients shows 40 percent were not carried out in compliance with existing European guidelines, leading to possible continued exposure of farmers and consumers to cancer-causing pesticides.[1] In 30 percent of the cases, significant details were missing from the dossiers, raising uncertainties about how European authorities came to the conclusion they did.

To those who support the renewal of the registration of glyphosate or remain silent about it

“Corporate totalitarianism … rules through dispensability and corruption. It treats communities, people, countries, ecosystems and species as disposable and dispensable.”

Update on glyphosate renewal: On May 17 2017, the European Commission announced its intention to renew the license for glyphosate for 10 years despite a petition last year from 1.5 million citizens urging them not to. The British Government and civil servants supported this renewal wholeheartedly. But are they aware of the implications? The EU Commission was in a hurry because it didn’t want to wait for the Monsanto Papers to come out. However, MEPs have asked for an inquiry into them.


US Scientists sound the alarm over global mass poisoning

The British Government, the US Government, the US Environmental Protection Agency and some farmers have worked together since before WW2 to silently poison air, water and food supply with synthetic chemicals

A little more than 100 years later, on 21/12/2017, independent US Scientists sound the alarm over global mass poisoning


Our Daily Poison: Chemical Contamination of Our Food, Farmland, Rivers and Seas

How the global pesticides industry has been allowed silently to destroy life

Our Daily Poison: From Pesticides to Packaging, How Chemicals Have Contaminated the Food Chain and Are Making Us Sick

Marie-Monique Robin is an award-winning French journalist, author and filmmaker. She is the patron of the Monsanto Tribunal and on the Steering Committee. She received the 1995 Albert- Londres Prize, awarded to investigative journalists in France. She is the director and producer of more than thirty documentaries across Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia, receiving thirty awards. She wrote the best-selling documentary (and book by the same name), “The World to According Monsanto,” which has been broadcast on fifty international television stations, and translated into 22 languages.


Monsanto’s science is fraudulent Glyphosate causes cancers, many other diseases and is toxic to the environment

World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has declared glyphosate as a 2A carcinogen (probably carcinogenic in humans) On 20/03/2015 IARC reached its decision based on the view of 17 experts from 11 countries, who met in Lyon, France, to assess the carcinogenicity of 5 organophosphate pesticides: tetrachlorvinphos, parathion, malathion, diazinon, and glyphosate.


Why is Britain voting for the renewal of the license of glyphosate?

Europe-wide soil contamination by glyphosate and dramatic declines in insect biomass

Glyphosate and AMPA: widespread persistence in topsoils in Europe

“A new research study by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, the Dutch University of Wageningen and Rikilt laboratories, reveals that among 317 EU soil samples of arable land, 42% contained AMPA, the most toxic metabolite of glyphosate, while glyphosate was found in 21% of the soils; 18% of the samples had both. The study was conducted in six crop systems along 11 EU member states comprising soils under different geographical and climatic conditions. Denmark, the UK and Portugal are the worst in this spectrum, with the highest detection frequency, while Italy and Greece seem to be the ones using less glyphosate on their crops. However, and most notably, these 2 molecules could be found in every tested member state. All tested crops presented glyphosate and AMPA residues. By far, the worst case was that of Portuguese vineyards, while no crops exhibited patterns of reduced reliance on glyphosate compared to others.”


Open Letter: Head of Unit Pesticides and Biocides and Senior Scientist Chemical Regulations Division

Klaus Berend
Head of Unit
Pesticides and Biocides
Cc Dave Bench UK CRD

Dear Klaus Berend

I am fully aware that you are not an expert in Pesticides and Biocides, but an expert in the REACH specifications of plastics in aviation. Nor was the previous holder of the post, Michael Flüh, who was a non-scientist. Therefore, it is hardly surprising that your letter to me displayed a lack of knowledge of the subject. Does the Commissioner for Health Vytenis Andriukaitis have a shortage of qualified candidates to choose from to fill the post of Head of Unit, as specified by Jean-Claude Juncker?


Open Letter to Bayer CropScience

Werner Baumann Chief Executive Bayer CropScience

Dear Werner Baumann

An advertisement that Bayer placed in Politico and the Farmers’ Guardian on 19/12/2018 1

“Transparency creates trust. At Bayer, we embrace our responsibility to communicate how we assess our products’ safety — and we recognize that people around the world want more information around glyphosate. This month, we published more than 300 study summaries on the safety of glyphosate on our dedicated transparency website. “


Why do the experts on Science Advice for Policy by European Academies fight for higher pesticide exposure?

Documents reveal EU bowed to demands of pesticide lobbies

An environmental non-profit has obtained documents showing the extent to which the European Commission has been lobbied by pesticide producers seeking to protect their interests, leading to a more lenient regulation of these controversial substances

The environmental group, Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN), has obtained over 600 documents from the Commission showing top EU officials fighting to “cripple” the bloc’s pesticide protection legislation. “The Commission has chosen the side of the industry,” PAN’s Chemicals Coordinator Hans Muilerman told De Morgen.