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Corruption that is Killing You!


Earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Agency put out a notice that appeared to strike fear in the agricultural pesticide industry, or the crop-protection industry, as they like to call themselves.  In July, the EPA announced its plans to review the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate, the the most-used pesticide in the world and primary ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup. Reviewing glyphosate's cancer-causing potential would be the responsibility of nearly a dozen scientists handpicked by the EPA, including Dr. Peter Infante, an epidemiologist, environmental health researcher, and consultant who spent over two decades working for the federal government in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Infante, according to the EPA's glowing descriptions of him, "played a major role in determining cancer and other risks to workers during the development of standards for a number of toxic substances, including asbestos, arsenic, benzene, cadmium, ethylene oxide, formaldehyde, lead and MDA."

Whether or not glyphosate is a carcinogen is still debated among researchers and agencies. In the past year, separate panels working for the World Health Organization issued two different opinions on the matter. 

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