Republicans in Washington, D.C. are furious that the World Health Organization said that Round Up is a probable human carcinogen. So to get back at the organization, they want the US to completely stop funding cancer research that the group is working on. Ring of Fire’s Mike Papantonio and Peter Mougey.
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Mike Papantonio: Republicans in Washington, D.C. are furious that the World Health Organization said that Roundup is a probable human carcinogen and it is. No question. To get back in that organization, they want the United States to completely stop funding cancer research for the World Health Organization because they didn’t say what corporate America wanted them to say. Of course we know that corporate America runs Washington, D.C. and they particularly run the Republicans and we’re really seeing it in this case. Can you imagine this organization is trying to help us. They’re trying to say, “Look, you know that stuff that you’re using everyday in your backyard? It can cause cancer. It can cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.” Terrible disease. Usually it’s going to be fatal.
The World Health Organization does a … There’s no money from either side. There’s no influence from either side. It’s a down the middle study and they say, “Absolutely. Roundup will cause this cancer.” They say that along with dozens and dozens of other studies that say, “Yes, this will cause cancer.”
Peter Mougey: California listed it on their warning labels as causing cancer. Not out on a limb is my point. To actually threaten to cut off funding unless you remove the warning, it’s absolutely crazy. It’s what the big stick of power will do that we’re going to cut off the funding penny to get you guys to retract your opinions.
Mike Papantonio: Amazing.
Peter Mougey: It’s sad. It is.
Mike Papantonio: Amazing. But that is absolutely exactly what’s happening and the truth is the World Health Organization, they don’t even have a dog in the fight.
Peter Mougey: It’s about as subjective as you get.
Mike Papantonio: Yeah, they just study-
Peter Mougey: It’s not bought and paid for science.
Mike Papantonio: Right. They say this-
Peter Mougey: This quasi government-
Mike Papantonio: Look, let me tell you something. Do not use Roundup. If you have Roundup in your home, throw it away. It will cause cancer. I’ll be trying a case that says that and establishes that by the first of next year and it may be the first case that establishes-
Peter Mougey: Well, you know what’s behind all this. The insecticide industry gets all organized and they put their lobbying dollars together. They go to DC. They spend millions and millions. I think it’s $4 million that Monsanto spent in the last year alone in DC lobbying the Republicans. They put pressure. They put money into the organization out of DC and then you see these kind of results out of the lobby dollar.
Mike Papantonio: Peter, there’s an incredible book out. I’ve been having to study this ad nauseam because I’m getting ready for trial. The documents are unbelievable. I saw a document today where Monsanto actually makes a presentation. In there, they talk about not only does it cause cancer, but they talk about the process of how it causes cancer. Now they say, “Well, we didn’t say that, but that’s what other people are saying.” Here’s the point. Shouldn’t you have a choice?
Peter Mougey: Absolutely.
Mike Papantonio: If they’re not a hundred percent sure, shouldn’t you have a choice? The doctors that are looking at this are saying, “There’s a time when it was absolutely clear that any responsible company would have said, ‘We’re not a hundred percent sure, but we have enough information to lead us to believe that this stuff will cause cancer.'” Still the company does nothing about it.
Peter Mougey: They didn’t notify the people that are using it. It just seems fair.
Mike Papantonio: An interesting thing about this, Republicans are behind the company this time, but the Democrats were behind Monsanto for so long. Hillary Clinton of course was their big cheerleader on GMO and various things. It’s amazing what money will buy in Washington, D.C. Absolutely incredible.