Emails were released recently from 2013 where former Monsanto executive Dr. Daniel Goldstein said he wanted to ‘beat the **** out of’ a group of activist mothers who were imploring Monsanto to stop selling Roundup, which contains the active ingredient glyphosate.
The emails came to light during a pre-trial proceeding in a current non-Hodgkins lymphoma roundup cancer lawsuit trial. The emails were shared with the publication New Food Economy by the counsel for the plaintiff. They were part of an email exchange between Goldstein and two consultants who were brought on board to assist Monsanto in writing a response to an open letter to the organization. (Trofire.com)
That letter, which was posted on the website of Moms Across America, politely asked then-CEO Hugh Grant and the company board to recall Roundup and all products that contain GMOs until there was a better understanding of the risks of consumption and long term use was more understood. The letter detailed some of the dangerous effects of GMO products, such as autism, infertility, and other serious health problems. That letter also asked Monsanto employees to think of the health of their own children.
Goldstein Wanted to ‘Beat the **** Out Of Them’
It seems those women were appealing to a man that is unreachable. Rather than respond to their concerns, he emailed his consultants this missive: “I have been arguing for a week to beat the **** out of them….we don’t want to be seen as beating up mothers….it needs to be done by third parties.’
One of the consultants, Bruce Chacey, who was a professor of food science at the University of Illinois, agreed with the Monsanto executive. The other was crop scientist Wayne Parrot from the University of Georgia, who did not agree with Goldstein. He did warn that if Monsanto did not start fighting back, they would be seen in the public eye as admitting liability.
Chassy suggested Monsanto go after other organic food producers, claiming they had actually written the letter and funded it. In reality, the letter was written by Moms Across America Executive Director Zen Honeycutt.
Obscene Emails Spark Outrage
After he found out about the emails, Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group, said the ‘ugly emails’ showed the contempt that Monsanto has for US public health and consumers, including mothers who want to protect their children’s health. He added that Bayer, the owner of Monsanto, has been reeling from its ‘error’ of buying Monsanto. These emails, Cook continued, should remind Bayer they bought the company that manufactured DDT, Agent Orange and PCBs.
It is also important to not forget Bayer’s own past. Whether it is seen as karma from the days when Bayer was producing very dangerous chemicals and products, or general hubris, Bayer is certainly suffering in the legal and financial realm today for some of the products it sells.
The group that organized the Bayer purchase of Monsanto had an obligation to shareholders to really understand what type of company they were acquiring. Today, Bayer’s value is less than it cost to buy Monsanto, and investors are getting concerned. Bayer is being attacked regularly in the courts and has been on the losing end of several Roundup cancer lawsuits.
Another Roundup User Files a Cancer Lawsuit
The Roundup cancer lawsuits continue to pile up for Monsanto. In Jackson, Mississippi, Michael Hatcher has filed a personal injury lawsuit against Monsanto, accusing the company’s Roundup of causing his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. (Fox8live.com)
Hatcher told the media that he has cancer on 29 lymph glands and on his thyroid gland, which had to be removed.
Hatcher is just one of thousands of consumers who have filed personal injury lawsuits against Monsanto and Bayer. They claim in the lawsuits that the popular product contains chemicals that cause various types of lymphoma cancer.
Hatcher states in the lawsuit documents that he mixed chemicals for an agricultural spraying company. A few weeks after he started doing that, he developed a tumor on his neck.
Hatcher used Roundup regularly for five years and was told by his employer there was low risk of cancer. Once his doctors looked at his overall health, they knew this was not true. He doctor noticed the tumors he was developing and asked what he had been around. He told him that he mixed chemicals in his work and the doctor told him that is probably what caused his cancer.
That was when Hatcher knew he had to take legal action. When he did so, he knew there were 20,000 suits filed.
His attorney, Richard Schwartz, says the problem with Roundup is not just that you breathe in the vapor. It also absorbs through the skin. Unless you are wearing heavy protective equipment, you still may be exposed to glyphosate and have a risk of developing cancer.