Comments on: Bringing sanity back to Europe’s glyphosate debate https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/opinion/thursbringing-sanity-back-to-europes-glyphosate-debate/ EU news and policy debates across languages Wed, 29 Aug 2018 01:16:36 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 By: Samuel Leuenberger https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/opinion/thursbringing-sanity-back-to-europes-glyphosate-debate/#comment-330786 Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:56:56 +0000 https://www.euractiv.com/?post_type=opinion&p=1180703#comment-330786 Your post appears to be very misinformed. Asbestos and BSE were identified as threatening for human health by all the agencies that today say glyphosate is not carcinogenic. They were not identified as threatening by misinformed people on Facebook and politicians.
Miller was publishing articles in newspapers, not scientific toxicity studies and thus had zero influence on the decision of the health agencies that have been assessing glyphosate by reviewing actual scientific evidence and not some article in a newspaper. At worst, Miller was just another PR for Monsanto like most of the activism against glyphosate is PR for NGOs and the organic lobby.

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By: true https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/opinion/thursbringing-sanity-back-to-europes-glyphosate-debate/#comment-330572 Thu, 05 Oct 2017 07:52:22 +0000 https://www.euractiv.com/?post_type=opinion&p=1180703#comment-330572 in doubt, ban it!

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By: euperspectives https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/opinion/thursbringing-sanity-back-to-europes-glyphosate-debate/#comment-330569 Thu, 05 Oct 2017 06:59:26 +0000 https://www.euractiv.com/?post_type=opinion&p=1180703#comment-330569 There are a couple of points that the author of this piece forgets. Firstly the Environmental Agency’s two reports: “Late Lessons from Early Warnings”, where products, which were deemed risk free turned out to be very harmful long-term. The most pertinent case being asbestos which took authorities over 100 years to ban but which is expected to lead to hundreds of thousands of deaths in the coming years. We could go on … BSE, early warnings on radiation being ignored etc. etc. Have a look. The EA comprehensive reports (written mostly by scientists) gives a new perspective on why we need the precautionary principles. Secondly, there are very serious allegations that Monsanto manipulates the data and pays a number of scientists to support glysophate – and I quote from the NYT, “Documents show that Henry I. Miller, an academic and a vocal proponent of genetically modified crops, asked Monsanto to draft an article for him that largely mirrored one that appeared under his name on Forbes’s website in 2015. Mr. Miller could not be reached for comment.” Finally, you really do yourself no favour featuring a picture of a hose spraying glysophate on a lawn. I am no fan of expert bashing – Michael Gove made a terrible mistake when he stated “people no longer believe in experts” but this kind of one-sided “expert” opinion runs the risk of making all science disreputable and encourages many to believe in conspiracies rather than meaningful debate.

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