Monsanto pressured a scientific journal to retract a study about its flagship herbicide Roundup. This is according to a new report that alleges that the company launched a concerted effort against the author of a study that found that rats exposed to the glyphosate-based herbicide over an extended period of time developed tumors.
Animal studies in favor of Roundup had only been conducted within a span of 90 days or less. In addition, short-term trials or trials using just glyphosate alone were used as a basis to market Roundup. True enough, Monsanto used a 90-day study conducted in 2004 as a basis for Roundup’s regulatory approval.
These short-term trials served two purposes for Monsanto. First, it did not allow further analysis of the other chemicals in Roundup. Second, it prevented the observation of tumor formation in animals – which usually occurred at about 100 days. Keeping the trials at 90 days or less, before tumors started to develop in animals, allowed Monsanto to promote Roundup as non-carcinogenic.
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