Introduction: The Monsanto Papers (02:44)
Peter Mailler prepares for the next crop by spraying glyphosate on the land. He believes it is safe if an individual takes proper precautions. Originally patented by Monsanto, Roundup is now the most widely used herbicide in the world.
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (05:45)
Tralee Snape contracts farmer's lymphoma from washing her husband's clothes. A California jury awards $300 million to a former groundskeeper who sprayed 150 gallons of Roundup every morning. Painful skin lesions break out across Dewayne "Lee" Johnson's body.
Farm Progress Show (02:35)
German pharmaceutical company Bayer purchases Monsanto. At a press conference, Brett Begemann insists that Roundup does not cause cancer. Farmers express concern that the product will not be available.
Genetically-Modified Corn (04:59)
Approximately 90% of corn farmers use products modified to tolerate glyphosate. Roundup controls weeds but does not harm produce. Monsanto's press release states that over 800 scientific studies agree that glyphosate does not cause cancer. Secret documents reveal the company ghostwrote scientific literature.
Controversial Scientific Studies (04:36)
An agricultural revolution occurs when Monsanto introduces Roundup. Monsanto refuses to accept research that classifies glyphosate as a possible carcinogenic. Craven Laboratory gets caught falsifying test results; Monsanto claims it was a victim of fraud.
Faulty Advertising (02:24)
Federal law prohibits Monsanto from making claims that it is safe, biodegradable, and less dangerous than table salt. The company's lead toxicologist insists that necessary testing has not been completed to stipulate that Roundup is not a carcinogen.
Crisis Management (04:01)
Monsanto launches a PR campaign to discredit the International Agency for Research on Cancer after learning the organization will be assessing glyphosate. IARC publishes findings that Roundup is a human carcinogen. Dr. Heydens performs a minor edit on an article in support of glyphosate.
Panel of Independent Scientists (03:35)
Dr. Peter Infante is ousted from the EPA's panel after accusations of bias from CropLife America. The U.S. Health Department attempts to examine if glyphosate is safe. The inspector general investigates whether members colluded with Monsanto.
Upcoming Lawsuits (02:59)
Over 9,000 people claim Roundup caused their cancer and have initiated legal action. The company has a history of promoting bad chemicals such as PCB, Agent Orange, Dioxin, and DDT. Monsanto attacks any scientist who attempts to prove glyphosates are carcinogenic.
International Implications (08:10)
Brazil overturns the ban against Roundup. The National Farmer's Federation considers potential ramifications of losing access to glyphosate. The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority concludes there is no reason to change its regulatory position. The Cancer Council wants the government to support an independent review.
Credits: The Monsanto Papers (00:27)
Credits: The Monsanto Papers
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